The Canonization of al-Bukhārī and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunnī Ḥadīth Canon by Jonathan AC Brown. This is his doctoral dissertation. The blurb states: The two ‘Authentic’ ḥadīth collections of al-Bukhārī and Muslim are the most famous books… Read More ›
Judaism, Christianity and Islam all share the concept of divine revelation being sent down by God for the benefit and guidance of mankind. Islam acknowledges the scripture that was revealed to Moses, the Tawrah, as well as the scripture that… Read More ›
Have you read this new book? A refreshing take on biblical hermeneutics today by a top Yale scholar. Much food for thought.
He argues for an anti-foundationalist postmodern hermeneutic but still professes belief in the orthodox Christological creeds. He wants to have his cake and eat it too. But he’s an astute NT scholar & the book contains many insightful comments on… Read More ›
In the end I didn’t buy this book as my Arabic is not good enough to follow the discussion, but it is a new scholarly work that a must read for those who can. As an undergraduate studying the Bible… Read More ›
This is a compelling read! This book by the historian professor Philip Jenkins will shock you into seeing how the Bible’s violent passages have been used by evangelical Christians and Catholics to support the violent ethnic cleansing of Native Americans… Read More ›
A brilliant, balanced, and compassionate piece by Waheed Jensen, a Muslim male in his mid 20’s. Reblogged from patheos.com Ever since I began trying to understand life, one of the crippling realizations about the Muslim communities I reached was this:… Read More ›
God says in the Qur’an: ‘There is no compulsion in religion’ (al-Baqarah 2:256). The earliest commentaries on the Qur’an (such as that of Al-Tabari) make it clear that some Muslims of Medina wanted to force their children to convert from… Read More ›
This book has just been published. It looks very good. Excellent for dawah methinks.
Jonathan Brown is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and he is the Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding.
After receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost who did the freshly empowered and comprehending Peter say Jesus was?
From the Introduction to the must-read new book A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels by Professor J.R. Daniel Kirk. This work is a gold mine of historical and textual evidence and scholarly argument to refute the… Read More ›
The men in the Jewish Bible who play the role of God (sharing dominion, worship, and the throne of Yahweh) and are even called ‘God’ (Yahweh and Elohim)
An interesting excerpt from the exciting new work A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels by Professor J.R. Daniel Kirk. Refuting recent work by scholars as Richard Bauckham, Simon Gathercole, and Richard Hays, Kirk demonstrates that Jesus was… Read More ›
Dante Alighieri In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost. artwork by Gustav Dore
New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason. The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight. Illustration by Gérard DuBois In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group… Read More ›
“The proof of the pudding is in the eating”, as we say in England. It is the sheer efficacy of these words – their saving and transforming power – that convinces me of the Divine origin of the Qur’an. For example, the… Read More ›
Read the Introduction: ‘A Muslim’s Guide to Evolution and Atheism: Decrypting the Doctrine of the Naturalists.’ (PDF)
I have read this excellent new book by a British Muslim with a PhD in biomedical chemistry. Much of it is above my pay grade and assumes the reader has some grasp of science. However his philosophical and theological arguments are occasionally… Read More ›
‘In A Man Attested by God Professor J. R. Daniel Kirk presents a comprehensive defense of the thesis that Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels is best interpreted as an idealised human figure rather than divine. Counterbalancing the recent trend toward early… Read More ›
I thought hard before buying this book, but it is an objective and fair-minded academic analysis of a much misunderstood group within Islam. Originally the author’s doctoral thesis, it is nonetheless a very readable and enjoyable work.
An important work. More information here
This extract from The Human Faces of God accurately describes the double standards Christian apologists always use when they criticise Muhammad: they basically have to throw the Bible under the bus ( polemicists such as Jay Smith do this as… Read More ›