Understanding Islam from a Christian Perspective

At Sacred Heart parish in Norfolk, Virginia, we have started an ongoing theological discussion on the relationship between Islam and Christianity. If you are in the Tidewater area of Virginia, please join us at Sacred Heart on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 following daily Mass which begins at 5:30 p.m., for the next video presentation and discussion. All are welcome!

I encourage all readers to read/view the following links.

Linked below is a website titled “Christian Responses to Muslim Questions” from Professor Christian Troll of the University of Munich. Please review the first chapter, which will give you some insights into the subtext underlying the positions of the respective Muslim and Christian debaters.

Christian Response to Muslim Questions. The whole document is here in PDF form:
http://files.ctctcdn.com/05b06db0201/474db0fe-d25c-42d1-8aac-2ca9b74a1921.pdf

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? Christian vs Muslim Thinking. (William Lane Craig vs Shabir Ally)  A lengthy but worthwhile debate from McGill University, on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-9-vWtTcU8

We may begin to investigate some rich insights from Professor Gabriel Said Reynolds, Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology at the University of Notre Dame.  Here is a sampling of some of his essays.

Why ISIS enslaves:  It’s a religious thing
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/gabriel-reynolds-isis-enslaves-religious-article-1.1977179

Jesus The Muslim Hippie
http://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/12/jesus-the-muslim-hippie

Reading the Qur’an Through the Bible
http://www.firstthings.com/article/2009/11/reading-the-quran-through-the-bible