This review appeared in the Oct-Dec 2004 vol. 161 no. 4 issue of Biblotheca Sacra, DTS’s quarterly academic journal.Subscribe Today
More Than a Prophet: An Insider’s Response to Muslim Beliefs about Jesus and ChristianityKregel Publications, Grand Rapids May 29, 2003
Since publishing their first book Unveiling Islam (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2002), the Caner brothers, both converts from Islam, have spoken hundreds of times in conventions, churches, press conferences, and on television. In those meetings Muslims, evangelicals, and liberals posed many questions about Christianity and Islam. This book compiles answers to 149 questions people have asked about these two religions. The questions are grouped in twelve categories ranging from the nature of God, Jesus, the Qur’an, and the Bible to atonement, ethics, religious liberty, and jihad.
Here is a sampling of some of the questions: Didn’t Allah originate as a pagan moon god? How can God be three in one? Do Muslims respect Jesus as a prophet? Was Jesus Christ crucified? Isn’t the Bible corrupt, since the men who wrote it were corrupt? Aren’t Muslims the children of Ishmael? How can the blood of one man forgive everyone? Does Islamic eschatology depend on Muslim conquest of the world? Aren’t all Christians hypocrites? Aren’t all religions the same? Why is Jerusalem so important to Muslims? Were the Crusades ordered by God? Have Muslim groups rejected violent jihad?
Answers to these questions are thorough yet concise, and the tone of the book is kind and sympathetic to Muslim concerns. This work will help Christians understand Islam better and will give Muslims competent answers to their questions. Emir Caner, assistant professor of church history and Anabaptist studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Ergun Caner, professor of theology and church history at Criswell College, Dallas, Texas, emphasize that Jesus Christ is more than a prophet. He is God incarnate, the crucified and resurrected Savior, and the Messiah. And therein lies the most profound difference between Islam and Christianity.
—Roy B. Zuck