In light of the widespread public perception of incompatibility between Islam and Christianity, this book provides a much-needed straightforward comparison of these two great faith traditions from a broad theological perspective. Award-winning scholar John Renard illuminates the similarities as well as the differences between Islam and Christianity through a clear exploration of four major dimensions - historical, creedal, institutional, and ethical and spiritual. Throughout, this book features comparisons between concrete elements such as creedal statements, prayer texts, and writings from major theologians and mystics. It also includes a glossary of technical theological terms. For western readers in particular, this balanced, authoritative work overturns some common stereotypes about Islam, especially those that have emerged in the decade since September 11, 2001.
John Renard is Professor of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. His many books include Seven Doors to Islam: Spirituality and the Religious Life of Muslims, Windows on the House of Islam, Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and Servanthood, and Tales of God's Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation, all from UC Press.
Preface Prologue: Christian-Muslim Theological Dialogue in Retrospect Introduction: Theological Themes and Subdisciplines Part I. Historical Dimensions: Interpreting God's Communication and Divine Engagement in Time and Space 1. Sacred Sources and Community Origins 2. Development and Spread Part II. Creedal Dimensions: Faith and the Development of Theology as a Religious Discipline 3. From Story to Creed 4. The Emergence of Theological Disciplines Part III. Institutional Dimensions: The Structures of Theologically Grounded Community 5. Beneath the Brick and Mortar 6. Institutions in Action Part IV. Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions: Mapping Outward and Inward Journeys of Faith 7. Sources, Methods, and Social Values in Theological Ethics 8. Sources and Models in Traditions of Spirituality 9. Themes in Prayer and Mystical Theology Epilogue: Reflections on the Prospects for Christian-Muslim Theological Dialogue Notes Theological Glossary Selected Bibliography General Index Index of Biblical and Qur'anic Citations