Islam and the Qur’an

Greg Strand – June 3, 2013 2 Comments

One of the important matters of which Christians need to know and to be prepared to engage is Islam and their book, the Qur’an.

James White has written a helpful primer that fills that gap: What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an. Thabiti Anyabwile writes the following about this book:

James White has given the thoughtful Christian a game-changer for Muslim-Christian dialogues about the Qur’an, the Bible, and our claims to truth. For too long, Christians have remained largely ignorant and even reluctant toward one of the world’s largest faiths. We no longer have reason for either ignorance or reluctance thanks to White. I know of no other introduction to the Qur’an and Islam that is as technically competent and easy to read as James White’s What Every Christian Should Know About the Qur’an. This book is my new go-to source and recommendation for anyone wanting a thorough introduction to the thought world of the Qur’an and the Muslims who revere it. For irenic, honest, charitable and careful discussion of the Qur’an, this is the best resource I know.

To read some of White’s reflections about the Quran, read the interview that was conducted by Anyabwile.

As a “teaser” to read the interview, and the book, here is one of the questions, along with the answer: “What are the ‘three pillars of Islamic denial’ and how do they complicate our efforts to reach our Muslim neighbors and friends?”  The answer? The first pillar – the Bible has been corrupted and needs to be corrected by the Qur’an. The second pillar – a denial of the Trinity, understanding the relationship in physical and literal terms, and a concurrent denial of worship of Jesus. The third pillar – the denial of the historicity of the crucifixion (and resurrection) of Jesus.

Greg Strand


Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

2 responses to Islam and the Qur’an

  1. If Muslims read the Bible, and Christians read the Quran, Humanity will be a better humanity.
    Quran is here, in English
    Thank you

    • Thank you for your comment. In response to your “if,” it would lead to a better understanding of Christianity and Islam, and possibly greater civility, but not to a better humanity. The problem is much deeper and the solution much greater. It required nothing less than God sending his Son to be the propitiation for our sins and the Savior of the world, and for us to believe and receive the Lord Jesus Christ and thus to be “born again”. That is the profound difference between Islam and Christianity.

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