At Cary Christian School, I occasionally try to summarize the findings of New Testament scholars in a way that … Continue reading “The Cross & the Prodigal”
Christian Men Who Hate Women: Healing Hurting Relationships by Margaret J. Rinck My rating: 3 of 5 stars This needs … Continue reading “Christian Men Who Hate Women”
I’m really enjoying Professor David Cook’s (Rice University) book, Understanding Jihad. Prof. Cook is clearly knowledgeable, objective, and seems quite fair in his treatment. Nevertheless, he criticizes others for not being as honest or fair with the source material of Islam. Cook presents extensive proof that militant jihad has been part of Islamic teaching and practice since the beginning.
“In conclusion, several important points need to be made about the ‘greater jihad’ [spiritual struggle]. The spiritual, internal jihad is the derivative form, and not the contrary. This is clear from the absence of any mention of the ‘greater jihad’ in the earliest hadith books on the subject of jihad (it is entirely absent from the canonical collections and appears only in the genre of zuhd, asceticism, and then in comparatively later collections). Nor does the ‘greater jihad’ find any mention in the later literature on jihad, except occasionally in the most perfunctory form. It is also apparent that anyone who studies the subject of jihad has to wonder about the focus placed upon the spiritual warfare among contemporary Muslim apologists. Continue reading “David Cook on Jihad”
In Muslim vs. Christian arguments, I’ve heard it said that Muslim societies were much more advanced than medieval Western cultures. … Continue reading Muslim and Christian Scholarship
I’m enjoying (and learning!) from almost every page of Philip Jenkins’ outstanding book, The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year … Continue reading “The Lost History of Christianity” – Philip Jenkins
Bread & Wine: Finding Community and Life Around the Table by Shauna Niequist My rating: 3 of 5 stars Shauna … Continue reading “Bread & Wine” – An Invitation to Life Around the Table … with recipes!