Islam and Christianity

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-08
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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In light of the widespread public perception of incompatibility between Islam and Christianity, this book provides a much-needed straightforward comparison of these two great faith traditions from a broad theological perspective. Award-winning scholar John Renard illuminates the similarities as well as the differences between Islam and Christianity through a clear exploration of four major dimensions--historical, creedal, institutional, and ethical and spiritual. Throughout, the book features comparisons between concrete elements such as creedal statements, prayer texts, and writings from major theologians and mystics. It also includes a glossary of technical theological terms. For western readers in particular, this balanced, authoritative work overturns some common stereotypes about Islam, especially those that have emerged in the decade since September 11, 2001.

Author Biography

John Renard is Professor of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. His many books include Seven Doors to Islam: Spirituality and the Religious Life of Muslims; Windows on the House of Islam: Muslim Sources on Spirituality and Religious Life; Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and Servanthood; and Tales of God's Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation, all from UC Press.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Prologue: Christian-Muslim Theological Dialogue in Retrospectp. xvii
Introduction: Theological Themes and Subdisciplinesp. 1
Historical Dimensions: Interpreting God's Communication and Divine Engagement in Time and Spacep. 25
Sacred Sources and Community Originsp. 27
Development and Spreadp. 49
Creedal Dimensions: Faith and the Development of Theology as A Religious Disciplinep. 69
From Story to Creedp. 71
The Emergence of Theological Disciplinesp. 89
Institutional Dimensions: The Structures of Theologically Grounded Communityp. 111
Beneath the Brick and Mortarp. 113
Institutions in Actionp. 135
Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions: Mapping Outward and Inward Journeys of Faithp. 157
Sources, Methods, and Social Values in Theological Ethicsp. 159
Sources and Models in Traditions of Spiritualityp. 183
Themes in Prayer and Mystical Theologyp. 202
Epilogue: Reflections on the Prospects for Christian-Muslim Theological Dialoguep. 223
Notesp. 233
Theological Glossaryp. 265
Selected Bibliographyp. 271
General Indexp. 291
Index of Names, Individuals, and Groupsp. 303
Index of Scriptural Citationsp. 311
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