Christians and Muslims, Agreements and Differences
A dialogue between Dr. James White, Director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, and Dr. Yasir Qadhi, Dean of AlMaghrib Institute.
[HT: John Samson]
Dr. Michael Haykin on his book “The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers” [35 min. vid.]:
Thabiti Anyabwile on his book “The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence” [33 min. vid.]:
There will be a Muslim dialogue with James White and Imam Musri on Saturday, March 21st about the Bible and the Quran. This will be @ Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL.
1 pm Part 1 Is the Bible Gods Word?
3 pm Part 2 Is the Quran Gods Word?
Registration (required): faithdialogue2015.eventbrite.com
We are asking that you donate $5 to Alpha & Omega Ministries (Dr. White’s Ministry) for every electronic ticket that you register for to help cover Dr. White’s expenses for this dialogue. See website below for information and donation: http://store.aomin.org/donation.html
[source: Spurgeon Fellowship of FL.]
On yesterday’s Dividing Line, James White made an important announcement and request:
“Two of the most useful Islamic debates that we’ve done [are now online]… whatever means you have, get [them] out there.”
Here are the debates he was referring to:
Let’s get this video to the widest possible audience, shall we? Link to it, promote it, like it on FaceBook, whatever it takes! Let’s get the word out!
James White and Yusuf Ismail debate the Christology of the Gospel of John, and then the Christology of the Qur’an, in an historic debate in the famous Grey Street Mosque in Durban, South Africa, the home mosque of the late Ahmed Deedat.
Please ask your Muslim friends to consider this debate! Let’s get the word out!
One of the most famous presentations made by the late Ahmed Deedat was his talk, “Crucifixion or Crucifiction?” In this debate from Durban, South Africa, Deedat disciple Ayoob Karim presents Deedat’s arguments in full debate against James White. Judge for yourself how well Deedat’s arguments fare!
Dr. James White taught for Apologia Church’s Biblical Apologetics class. This is the video footage of Dr. White taking our church through a discussion on how to reach Muslims. We learn of the 3-barriers that exist in Muslim and Christian dialogue. Dr. White’s presentation is very helpful and includes portions of his debates with Muslim apologists.
Dr. Bob Gonzales:
In light of September 11th 2001, Christians have been quick to contrast the violent tactics of Islamic Jihad with the gentler tendencies of Christian evangelism. For example, in an article entitled, “Christian or Muslim: What’s the difference?” Lutheran scholar Alvin Schmidt has argued, “Jihad is totally contrary to what Christ taught when he told Peter to put away his sword, or when he told individuals to turn the other cheek. Unlike Muslims, Christians have no command to advance their religion by killing unbelievers. Quite the opposite.”1 The problem with Dr. Schmidt’s article is the same problem that characterizes the arguments of many Christian apologists.
It’s not what they say. It’s what they often fail to say. They are quick to point out many NT passages that portray the gentleness of Christian evangelism. But they rarely ever acknowledge several Old Testament passages in which God commands the Israelites to use violence against entire populations of people in an effort to get control of the land of Canaan. Allow me to cite just a few examples…
Deut 7:1-2; 20:16-17; 1 Sam 15:1-3. Other important passages include Exodus 23:32-33, Exodus 34:12-16, and Numbers 31:7-18. In light of such biblical injunctions, how may we contrast the biblical religion with Islam? Even if we limit the divine injunctions to an earlier stage of redemptive history, we must still justify their presence in an inspired Bible, which is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16). How can the Christian theologically and ethically justify God’s command to exterminate the Canaanites? And can we distinguish the “Holy Wars” of the Old Testament from Islamic Jihad?
[HT: Reformed Baptist Blog]
Debate: Can God become man?
Dr. James White vs Bashir Vania
In South Africa on October 2, 2013
— James White (@DrOakley1689) May 19, 2014
In [MAY 19,] 2013 Thabiti Anyabwile went to Dubai to debate a Muslim apologist [Shabir Ally]. The complete video is available here:
Dubai’s 5th Biennial Muslim-Christian Dialogue on May 19, 2013 welcomed over 700 participants in person and hundreds more from at least eight different countries via live stream. This 3 hour event landmark event included persuasive presentations, engrossing dialogue, and unscripted questions and answers with the audience. It’s sure to encourage deeper reflection by individuals of any religious background and prompt bridge-building discussions between Muslims and Christians engaged in conversation about their faith.
The speakers were Shabir Ally and Thabiti Anyabwile.
For more information and to order the entire dialogue on DVD, visit muslimchristiandialogue.org.
Part 1 of 8: Intro – Dialogue in the Middle East – 2013 Dialogue:
Part 2 of 8: Thabiti’s Opening Address – 2013 Dialogue:
Part 3 of 8: Shabir’s Opening Address – 2013 Dialogue:
Part 4 of 8: Speaker’s Responses – 2013 Dialogue:
Part 5 of 8: Speakers’ Q & A Together – 2013 Dialogue:
Part 6 of 8: Audience Q & A – Pt 1 – 2013 Dialogue:
Part 7 of 8: Audience Q & A – Pt 2 – 2013 Dialogue:
Part 8 of 8: Summations & Parting Words – 2013 Dialogue:
The Trinity & Tawid Debate – White vs Bux
[Oct. 4, 2013] James White debates Islamic apologist Yusuf Bux at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Is the New Testament a Reliable Record of Jesus’ Teachings? White vs Ismail
James White debates Islamic scholar Yusuf Ismail on the reliability of the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus. This debate was part 1 of a 2 part debate held on October 1, 2013 in Potchefstroom South Africa.
Is the Quran a Reliable Record of the Teachings of Muhammad White vs Ismail
James White debates Islamic scholar Yusuf Ismail on the reliability of the Qur’an and the teachings of Muhammad. This debate was part 2 of a 2 part debate held on October 1, 2013 in Potchefstroom South Africa.
Is the Bible the Word of God? White vs Awal
[June 21, 2010]
I laid out the necessary parameters for a fair, truthful, honest, and scholarly discussion, insisting that we must differentiate between questions of textual corruption, translational issue, historical issues, and theological issues. I went through the testimony to the text of the NT, its breadth and antiquity, and pointed out that the Qur’an likewise has a textual history, and contains textual variants (a fact Sheikh Awal never even tried to refute).
As soon as Sheikh Awal stood up—he began the process of confusing all of those categories. His basic presentation was that the Bible says things about prophets that should not be said (David and Bathsheba, for example), and therefore, this just can’t be the Word of God. He repeated many of his standard errors, claiming that the canon was determined by the Council of Nicea, for example (a common myth that has no historical foundation).
I was able to refute each and every one of his opening arguments in my twelve minute rebuttal, and even had time to give him a gift (an NET/NA27 diglot). I almost got through all the points he raised in his own rebuttal in the five minute rebuttal that followed that.
The cross-examination was very difficult. My opponent refused to engage the topic meaningfully, often answering a question other than the one I asked, for completely failing to provide any meaningful response at all. It was a clear illustration of the maxim, “Inconsistency is the sign of a failed argument.” If anything was proven clearly, it was that Sheikh Awal uses one standard for Christianity, and a completely different standard for Islam. By the end of the evening, everyone in the audience could see that very, very clearly.
On episode 37 of our podcast, we feature the Q&A that we hosted at the Oct. 18-19, 2013 “What Is Islam?” Semper Reformanda Conference with James White and Voddie Baucham.
James White’s podcast, The Dividing Line, from July 18, 2013 dealt with a wide range of theological and cultural issues.
[source: mp3 tag & AOMin.org]
Before giving this address [on Sept. 6, 2013] James White also a short “Defense of Warning the Church About Unrepentant Teachers.” [6 min. readout]
[source: Alpha & Omega Ministries]
Sept. 13, 2013 Update: The first 22 minutes of the Sept. 12, 2013 Dividing Line talked about the above;
Christians need to be better informed regarding the Muslim religion. Whether the goal is to understand global politics or to talk to a Muslim neighbor across the street, having a correct understanding of Muslim beliefs is vital.
Through fair and accurate use of the Qur’an and other documents, scholar and accomplished debater Dr. James White, host of the radio program “The Dividing Line” will examine what Muslim sacred texts teach about Christ, salvation, the Trinity, the afterlife, and other crucial topics; and Dr. Voddie Baucham will speak on “The Truth About the Nation of Islam”. If you are looking for information to engage in open, honest discussions about Islam, you will not want to miss this conference.
|5:00 PM||Registration Opens|
|6:00 PM||Congregational Hymns|
|6:15 PM||Session #1 – Putting the Qu’ran in its Historical Context|
|7:15 PM||Refreshments and Fellowship|
|7:45 PM||Session #2 – The Nation of Islam|
|9:00 AM||Congregational Hymns|
|9:15 AM||Session #3 – The Three Plllars of Islamic Rejection of the Christian Faith, Part 1|
|10:45 AM||Session #4 – The Three PIllars of Islamic Rejection of the Christian Faith, Part 2|
At his blog, Pure Church, Thabiti Anyabwile took some time to interview [written] James White on his newest book:
Sometimes there comes a book that changes the way we think and talk about a subject. That book generally pushes us into deeper fundamental understanding of a theme and helps us see from there the things we did not know or somehow missed. Such books stir fresh thought, fresh zeal, and renewed efforts to see and act in the world according to truth. We need a book to do that for us and to us because we’re so prone to settle into intellectual ruts and hand-me-down assumptions.
I think James White’s new book, What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Qur’an, is a book that changes the Christian understanding of Islam and it’s holy book. You can read an excerpt of the book here. I had the privilege of reading James’ book in manuscript and offering the following endorsement:
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.
Get James White’s book:
Also, note that Thabiti Anyabwile is a former Muslim who now serves as pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands and has himself written a book relevant to this topic:
Yes, the rumors are true, a double Dividing Line including both a Radio Free Geneva and a Radio Free Damascus in ONE podcast!!!
James White had a double feature on his recent podcast, Radio Free Geneva (A Dividing Line podcast dealing specifically with Reformed issues) and Radio Free Damascus (dealing with Islamic issues in particular). It aired May 28, 2013 and dealt with the following topics:
[source: Alpha & Omega Ministries]