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What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Qur'an

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A Look Inside the Sacred Book of One of the World's Fastest-Growing Religions
What used to be an exotic religion of people halfway around the world is now the belief system of people living across the street. Through fair, contextual use of the Qur'an as the primary source text, apologist James R. White presents Islamic beliefs about Christ, salvation, the Trinity, the aft
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Published April 15th 2013 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Brandon Lehr
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's everywhere.
Just watch the news.
Muslim terrorists engaged in jihad, while Western Islamists proclaim that theirs is a religion of peace.

What do we know about them? About their book, the Qur'an?

When did the Muslim religion begin? Who was involved? Do their claims of truth hold up under scrutiny?

James White has written an excellent resource exploring and explaining these issues. What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an, is the book for every Christian who does indeed need to
Eustacia Tan
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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You know, growing up in a multi-religious society, you'd think that I'd know the basics of the major religions. Well, I know what Buddhism, Shinto-ism is about; I know a little about Hinduism, and I know about the different cults (there was a reading phase). But suprisingly (to me anyway), I didn't know much about Islam. Sure, I knew about Hari Raya, about the Haj, but what about the fundamentals?

And along comes this book! It's stated purpose is to

"seek to honestly communicate what the Qur'an sa
Paul Bassett
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Dr. James White is today’s leading Christian apologist, debater and scholar. He has engaged in nearly one hundred moderated debates with proponents of Mormonism, Roman Catholicism and Islam and is the author of nearly thirty books. (Dr. White’s bio can be found here.) Dr. White has also taught extensively at the university level. So the depth that he brings to his latest work, “What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an” is not surprising
The work begins with a brief history of the life
Colin Smith
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* DISCLOSURE: James White is a friend of mine and my former academic mentor.

In this book, Dr. White's primary audience is fellow Christians who need orientation with regard to the Qur'an--what it is, how Muslims view it, and how Christians should handle its claims. James also includes some historical overview with regard to the rise of Islam, and other background topics that shed light on issues raised by the Qur'an.

But this book isn't just for Christians. He also addresses Muslims, contrasting
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did you know that Muslims believe in the virgin birth of Jesus? Did you know that the Qur'an teaches that Christians believe that God is three gods forming a trinity made up of a father, son(Jesus) and surprisingly, Mary. These and other interesting facts are brought out in this educational critique of the Qur'an by James White. The history of the Muhammad and the Qur'an are both given as far as possible from historical/traditional accounts. What the Qur'an teaches about Jesus is examined, as al ...more
Justin Tyme
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a scholarly work about the Qur'an that does not pull punches. It may be too technical for some, but for others looking for more than an elementary study of comparative religions, this book is for them. I found it fascinating, accurate, and eye-opening.

There is a general and popular misconception that the Christian Bible and the Muslim Qur'an are essentially the same book with a different cover. This could not be further from the truth, and to be intellectually honest, one must stud
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is another phenomenal addition from Dr James White. Anyone looking to gain deep insight into the religion of Islam and the Koran should consider this a must read. The book is incredibly in depth but at the same time very readable. The author takes great pains to handle the text consistently and fairly. do yourself a favor and read this book
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There aren't many books on Islam or the Christian's perspective that are fair and unbiased. For the most part, this book is, hence the high rating. Although White makes a few arguments which are untenable in my view, the overall tone is one of fairness and respect. White is the first Christian that I've read that defends the cultural legitimacy of Muhammad's marriage with the child bride Ai'sha. He correctly notes that no one (Christian, Jew, or Muslims) at that time censured Muhammad for consum ...more
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Originally appeared in my blog

We share the planet with over a billion Muslims. According to the 2010 U.S. Religion Census, there are 2.6 million Muslims living in the U.S. today with Islam being the fastest growing religion in America in the last decade.

As the Muslim community continues to grow in the U.S., the likelihood of having an opportunity to engage them with the gospel has increased. As redeemed people, we need to be ready to tell others about our Redeemer.
George P.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James R. White, What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an (Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2013). Paperback | Kindle

What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an presents an introduction to and a critique of Islamic scripture (Qur’an) and tradition (ahadith) as they touch on matters pertaining to orthodox Christianity. Author James R. White is a Christian theologian who has engaged in debates with Islamic scholars. As befits a scholar, White’s tone throughout i
Steven Wedgeworth
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book provides a helpful but limited popular introduction and criticism of Islam for a Christian audience. It largely avoids the topics of terrorism or "radical Islam," and it sticks to a few basic points of religious belief, namely the accuracy and textual integrity of the Quran. It opens with the history of and a theological survey of Islam, and then quickly jumps into criticism. For those who have heard that White is somehow soft on Islam, this book should provide a contrast. While respec ...more
David Bonikowsky
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very helpful. Learned a whole lot. Here are a few interesting points to keep in mind when witnessing to a Muslim.

1. To a Muslim, the Old Testament (the Torah) is inspired. The Gospels are as well (although a Muslim would claim they have been corrupted over time so they aren't entirely reliable).

2. Mohammed believed (and wrote) that Christians twisted Jesus's message, and went from worshipping one God (Allah/Jehovah) to worshipping 3 Gods (a misunderstanding of the doctrine of the Trinity). Howe
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foundational for Respectful Dialogue

"What Every Christian Should Know.." lays a foundation for Christians to begin to humbly and knowledgeably broach difficult topics with Muslim friends. Christians cannot engage without first having some background in Islamic ideology/theology as presented in the Qur'an. This book teaches a whole new vocabulary (you learn tons of Arabic terms without even realizing it!)and conveys a lot of history in a story-format that is readable and interesting. Even as a st
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tremendous book. Very well researched and written. Dr. White does an outstanding job of explaining the challenges of the Quran and the difficulties that text. He explained in a scholarlary and loving way the differences and errors in the Quran and by extension the concepts of Islam as relates to Jesus and Christianity as a whole. The work is a must read for Christians as a means to meaningfully interact with Islam and also for Muslims as a means to accuratley evaluate the text upon which their b ...more
Benjamin Glaser
While billed as an introductory work this book is not for the faint of heart. You really need to be able to deal with the many, long quotations from the Qu'ran and the technical terminology that the author uses regularly. While there was a lot of good information and I learned a lot reading it, there was very little "flow" to the chapters, little structure, just a stream-of-consciousness argument (much like Dr. White's podcast, if you are familiar with it that does make the book easier to read). ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great resource that highlights key inconsistencies of the Quran with Scripture from the Christian perspective.
Vincent Lemieux
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every Christian who really desire to engage Muslims with the Gospel should read it. James White did a really scholarly, well informed, fair, compassionate and biblical analysis of the Qur’an and Muslims’s claims.

Here’s a part of the conclusion that’s going to tell you something of the vast amount of topics you’ll read about in this book : « We have examined information relating to Muhammad, the beginnings of Islam, and the key theological areas of disagreement and division between Christians an
Jóhan Djurholm
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus" and"No God but One" by Nabeel Qureshi (both books which I highly recommend) I wanted to get a even deeper understanding of Islam.

I must say that James White did a phenominal job in writing this book. He cover a lot of different topics in depth, with many references. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is looking into understanding Islam better and why we as Christians still can rely on the Bible and in Jesus name.
Jordan Shirkman
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A helpful overview of the Quran from a Christian perspective that is authoritative and fair in its criticisms of the sacred Islamic text.

Although it is sometimes dry and repetitive, the book is incredibly educational. White book quotes large swaths of the Quran and has footnotes that make up nearly ⅓ of the book.

It's incredibly well researched and can help any Christian better understand the Quran and how to dialogue with Muslims about faith.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting learning about the history behind the Qur'an and some more of the story of early Islam!

This book was well written and thorough. I liked how much he made use of the original source materials.

Excellent read. Highly recommended!
Calvin Coulter
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An eye-opener for me; I confess to a distinct lack of knowledge of the Qur'an before picking up this book. I'd say a must read for any Christian who hopes to engage intelligently with Muslims.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Accessible, balanced, and careful. Very helpful in coming to a basic understanding of Islamic thought and how to respond to it.
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Monday, November 17, 2014
What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Qur'an by James White - 311 Pages

This is a great book for interacting with orthodox Muslims. However it may not be the most effective approach in evangelizing nominal or folk muslims as they may not have the necessary knowledge about their own faith to even interact on a critical level.

James White does here what he does best, and applies his wealth of scholarly expertise in exegesis and ancient manuscript transmission to the
Laura Langley
Author James R. White wrote What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an “to focus on what Christians need to understand about the Qur’an’s teaching particularly as it impacts our interactions with Muslims and our thinking on events thrthroughout our world.”

White points out Christians and Muslims haven’t read each other’s books, so we “tend to talk right past one another.” With this book, the author hopes to encourage open and frank dialogue with Muslims, giving readers “an accurate know
Adam Smith
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
Recommended to Adam by:

This book is broken down into the following chapters:

1. The Qur'an and Muhammad of Mecca
2. The Qur'an: A Brief Introduction
3. Allah: Tawhid, Shirk, the Mithaq and the Fitra
4. "Say Not Three": The Quran and the Trinity
5. Jesus in the Qur'an
6. The Qur'an and the Cross
7. The Scales: Salvation in the Qur'an
8. Did the "People of the Book" Corrupt the Gospel?
9. Prophecies of Muhammad in the Bible
10. The Perfection of the Qur'an? Parallels and Sources
11. The Perfection of the Qur'an? Transmissi
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Qur'an should not be dismissed as just another conservative rant against Islam. It's not that kind of book. James White is not primarily concerned with the ages of Muhammad's wives, or the onslaught of jihadi violence today, or the treatment of Muslim women.

There are enough books out there that rail against the perils of radical Islam. This book, instead, seeks to shed light on the theological differences between Christianity and Islam, with an eye t
One of the best Christian introductory work to Islam that I read and much more academically rigorous than most. For those familiar with the author James White, he is a Christian apologist who has debated and written on many issues over the past decades. Since the mid-2000s, James White started focusing a lot on Islam, beginning with his debut debate with the foremost Islamic apologist Shabir Ally in 2006 at BIOLA university. White was led to specialize in Islam largely because of his love for th ...more
Lindsay Kennedy
[[This is an excerpt from my full review on my blog here:]]

I learned a great deal from this book about Islam and am extremely thankful for this book. I was also very grateful for White's thoroughness. There's nothing better than hearing your opponent express their views in their own words. White even represents disagreements within Islam when he could have only represented one side and taken an easy cheap shot instead. At times the large block quotes and
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been looking for a fair analysis of the Islam and the Qur'an from a Christians scholar. A lot of the arguments I have read or heard were all based in emotions and fear. I wanted to read a book from a scholar that has taken the time to study the Qur'an and who is committed to fairly represent it's perspectives.

What Every Christians Needs to Know about the Qur'an is by Dr. James White. I have listened to several debates that Dr. White has add with some of the leading Muslim apologists and
G. Jorge Medina
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People in contact with Muslims
Excellent research on a much-needed subject…

Book Review: What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an by James R. White

James R. White is a well-known Apologist that has held over one hundred professionally moderated debates. He is usually a good researcher and generally learns the opposing viewpoints straight from the authoritative sources. Therefore, he provides excellent first-hand accounts of what the Qur’an really teaches and what truly faithful Muslims must believe about their faith
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James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty four books, including The King James Only Controversy, The Forgotten Trinity, The Potter’s Freedom, and The God Who J ...more

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“In ayat 65–68 a few other vital assertions are made about our subject that shed more light upon the above argument. Note what is said: 5:65. If only the People of the Book would believe and fear Allah, surely We would bring them into Gardens of Bliss. 66. If they had observed [practiced] the Torah and the Gospel and that which was sent down to them from their Lord, they would surely have been nourished from above them and from beneath their feet. Among them there are people who are moderate, but many of them are of evil conduct. Once again, how could the People of the Book, Jew or Gentile, observe or practice the Torah and the Gospel if both books were corrupted by the time of Muhammad? These words had to have meaning when they were written, and the unstated assumption that must be seen is that the Torah and the Gospel were right there for all to see, observe, and practice. The fault for the unbelief is placed not on the books of Scripture but at the feet of the people!” 1 likes
“The world today says we cannot openly disagree, especially in the area of religion, without being hateful or bigoted. I suggest that, conversely, it is the world’s attitude that is hateful and bigoted. If we will not say that anything is wrong, then at the same time, whether or not we want to admit it, we also are saying there is nothing that is right. Herein we are denying the existence of truth in the realm of faith, and that is a slap in the face of every believer of every creed or background. I” 1 likes
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