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Allah: A Christian Response

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Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

Yale University religion scholar Miroslav Volf—widely known for the much-publicized course on faith and globalization he coteaches with Tony Blair—places this question at the root of the twenty-first century’s most sensitive, and critical, geopolitical concerns. Volf reveals how the prevalent belief that these traditions worsh
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Published February 7th 2012 by HarperOne (first published February 8th 2011)
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Bob
A number of years ago a student asked me, "do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?" That is a question that has lingered with me over the years and so I turned with interest to this book in which Miroslav Volf explores the same question and the implications of how we answer it.

An important thing to understand about this book is that it is not written in the vein of the "all religions are pointing to the same truth" or that Christianity and Islam are different paths leading to salvation.
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Ty Melgren
A little repetitive, but really good. How strange that out of all the kinds of nerds, I seem to have become a comparative theology nerd.
Michael Woods
It would not be a spoiler to say that the answer the author arrives at is an unequivocal YES to the question of: Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? He states this as his thesis on the book jacket. But Volf is more interested in what does this mean for relations between adherents of the world's two greatest religions. Can Christians and Muslims coexist peacefully? Must one or both religions give up claims to truth, or can both be politically inclusive while remaining religiously excl ...more
Ramón
Miroslav Volf is one of my favorite theologians and a compelling writer to boot. This book focuses on a topic that is very close to my heart - the relationship between Christians and Muslims. I am glad that he published this book because it helps people get some of the historical and methodological perspective to get beyond the rhetoric which keeps both sides from having meaningful dialogue. Volf is unapologetic that the book is written from a Christian perspective but he is also rigorous about ...more
Doug Magnuson
I have read many books (and answered many questions) related to the question of whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God. This is the best book I have read on the subject, and it is particularly helpful and interesting because Volf addresses the broader context, including ways in which God and religion serve as identity markers and contribute to conflict between groups. His discussion of the views of some key historical figures (including Martin Luther) on the question is very helpful ...more
Bryan Neuschwander
A thoughtful response to Huntington's "clash of civilizations" approach. Volf wants to cultivate an environment that discourages extremism by
1. Respectful debate about truth.
2. Acknowledgement of a common God.
3. Belief that God is loving and just.
4. Adherence to the command to love one's neighbors.
5. A health sense of the fear of God.
6. A stand against injustice.
7. A stand against prejudice.
8. A stand against compulsion in religion.
9. A stand against disrespect.
10. A stand against political exc
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Adam Ross
The question of whether Muslims and Christians worship the same God is a matter of long-standing debate, and this book gives a clear, careful, nuanced, and emphatic answer: yes. Volf is a refreshingly invigorating thinker (and writer), able to communicate clearly. He covers every possible angle and nuance and objection, and the book landed him praise from not just Christians but from respected Muslim scholars as well.

His argument is fairly simple, which is that there is no criticism of Christian
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Chris
This book was a fascinating examination of the similarities and differences between Christians and Muslims. From an acknowledged Christian perspective, the author examines the issues that bear on whether Christians and Muslims can live together peacefully in modern society. The argument is founded on the idea that Christians and Muslims worship the same God (the one and only God of the three Abrahamic faiths, the creator of the cosmos). The author compares the ways God is described in both relig ...more
John Yelverton
Though well written, the author's conclusions are completely outside of reality, and he completely runs roughshod over the history and actual opinions of theologians like Martin Luther. Only read this book if you feel like placing on the shelf next to your unicorn and fairy books when you're done.
Nad Mustafa
كتاب سهل اللغة يشرح ببساطة كيف أن النصارى والمسلمين يعبدون الإله نفسه! الكاتب بنى مناقشته على السياسة وكيف أن الدين يلعب دورًا في تصرفات الناس السياسية وحتى اليومية! الكتاب موجه للنصارى والطرح يعتبر جديد في عالم الأديان.
يجدر بالذكر أن الكتاب يناقش أيضا الوثيقة الإسلامية المسماة "كلمة سواء"..
Gregg Koskela
Another excellent book from Volf. He argues carefully that the Muslim Allah and Christian and Jewish God are similar enough in character and in what is asked of humans to be considered the same. This offers important things for peace in our world. It is not a book proclaiming universalism. Clear differences between the Muslim and Christian faith are identified and not done away with. The last few chapters are the best, where Volf argues that one can be (and even should be) a religious exclusivis ...more
Larry
Good book. Demands a show and thoughtful reading though.
Drew
This is a fantastic and pertinent book. It helps Christians understand their own faith more clearly through the witness of Islam, while also promoting a profound Christian respect for Islam. Volf incorporates a broad engagement of Christian-Muslim relations by looking to historical, scriptural, philosophical, political, and sociological factors. This should be required reading for any Christian who wants to love more radically and think more deeply about his or her Muslim neighbors. I short my r ...more
Josh Meares
The Croatian-born theologian Miroslav Volf always has some solid ideas. You don't get hired to teach at Fuller Theological Seminary (formerly) or Yale Divinity School (currently), if you are an intellectual slouch. He also generally takes those ideas too far, but that's okay, too. All theologians are incorrect on some points, especially amateur ones like myself. I think this book is a bit dry and a bit overdone at times, but worth reading for all Christians because of the importance of Muslim / ...more
Nick Richtsmeier
Somewhere behind the knee-jerk drama around a pastor/celebrity's recent advertisement for Christian Universalism, is a book much more worth the read and much more worth broad consideration. Miroslav Volf is a brilliant theologian, a deep lover of God, and interested in something more in-depth that poking his finger in the eye of popular Christian notions.

A thoughtful read of this by a broad audience would actual create a conversation worthy of its furor. Skip Love Wins. Read Allah: A Christian R
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Bob Price
Liking a book and agreeing with a book are two different things. Such is the case with Allah: a Christian Response.

Miroslav Volf has done an excellent job at laying the question on the line: Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? This is an important question to ask in the post 9-11 world with some religious tensions high.

Volf is not very shy about his answer to the question: "Yes" in fact, Christians and Muslims do worship the same God, but in very different ways. He views this as th
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Matthijs
Aanbidden moslims en christenen dezelfde God? Dat is de vraag die centraal staat in dit boek van Miroslav Volf en waar hij een overtuigend 'ja' op antwoordt. Vervolgens is de vraag: wat betekent dat dan voor het samenleven van die twee groepen gelovigen?

Het doel van de schrijver is dan ook niet alleen om te bewijzen dat christenen en moslims dezelfde God aanbidden, maar ook om aan te tonen dat die vraag bij kan dragen aan politieke en sociale toenadering tussen christenen en moslims. Het boek i
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Cameron West
A compelling argument that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Not, mind you that they worship that God in the same way, or that their theologies describe him thus, but rather in claiming that there is only God (as do Jews) that there is sufficient similarity in the theological implications of this claim. Volf shows how how the Muslim understanding of Allah being all-merciful is very like the Christian understanding of God as love, and the Muslim claim that one has no faith unless he lo ...more
David
Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? That is a question that has long been asked, with differing answers on both sides. Christian theologian Miroslav Volf says the answer is yes and this book is his exposition on how that is so.

Volf is a great Christian theologian. His book Exclusion and Embrace is one of my all time favorites. Some may assume that for a Christian to give a "yes" answer to the question, he has to reject some of the primary traditions of Christian theology such as the
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Frances Fuller
This is a very important book. It is not just a thoughtful contribution to one's understanding of both Christian and Muslim theology, but a contribution to peace in the world.

Reading it requires patience. Volf's style is to remove every stone on the path toward clarity, so he takes time to move obstacles most of us would just carelessly jump over. But the place where he is taking us is always worth the effort.

Jacob
An excellent book. Miroslav Volf is a theology professor at Yale University who grew up in former Yugoslavia and thus knows something about conflict between Christians and Muslims. He offers a suggestion how Christians and Muslims can live together in this world, focusing on common beliefs while not shying away from the areas of significant disagreement that still exist between the two faiths. Along the way he makes a strong case that Christianity - founded on the belief in a God whose nature is ...more
Fred Kohn
Miroslav Volf is a brilliant theologian and that shines through in the first three sections of the book. Unfortunately, he is not a political historian or scientist, and therefore the last and to my mind most important section of the book: how Christians should engage Muslims in real life, falls far short of the brilliance of the first 3/4 of the book. So, sadly, I couldn't give this book the higher rating that it otherwise would have deserved.
Lonnie Smith
A provocative book on the question of whether Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Good points were made, but I feel Volf missed the mark in a lot of places.
The premise is basically that because Muslims and Christians worship the same God they should be able to coexist peacefully in the same political state. The majority of the book went into Volf's argument that the God of the two great religions are the same. I appreciated some of the historical research he did on how many great thinke
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Darcy
There is not much to add to what other reviewers have wirtten, so I'll keep this short and focused. I have huge respect for Volf and the work he is doing worldwide on the Common Word efforts. And I am encouraged to see how a theologian of the capacity and strength of Volf is able to enter a thorny issue like Christian-Muslim engagement, be truly respectful, and communicate the points of genuine commonality AND difference without blinking an eye. For those who think Volf has crossed a line here, ...more
Warren B
I love the way Volf thinks and I appreciate and admire his determination for reconciliation and peace through a better understanding of our Lord.

This book is written for Christians and if you are a Christian I recommend that you read it. Whether or not you come away in agreement with Volf that Muslims and Christians worship the same God you will likely come away with a better understanding of how the two faiths exercise the idea of God as well as the similarities between them.

Volf's arguments
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Rick Edwards
Volf does an extraordinary job of analyzing religious and theological issues between Christian and Islamic thought. He lays out cogent suggestions for a practicable way toward mutual understanding and diminishing reciprocal anathemas. He makes clear the importance of Christian-Muslim dialogue a way out of the present situation, so fraught with discord and the accumulation of "flammable material" (my term, not his). I highly recommend the book to any and all Christians who are ready to grow in th ...more
David
characteristically thoughtful engagement on a sensitive topic; a bit cumbersome at times, but Volf's personal stories more than compensate.
Christopher
It was great to read a balanced Christian response to Islam and how Muslims and Christians should relate to one another.
Becky
This was a very helpful book. I want to read more by this author. He tackled a difficult subject and made it accessible.
Kathleen
Excellent read. Scholarly, but with good information and not complicated. Relevant to me right now.
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