This view of the chivalrous Saladin…

As Robert Irwin pointed out, “In Britain, there ha[s] been a long tradition of disparaging the Crusaders as barbaric and bigoted warmongers and of praising the Saracens as paladins of chivalry. Indeed, it is widely believed that chivalry originated in the Muslim East. The most perfect example of Muslim chivalry was, of course, the twelfth-century Ayyubid Sultan Saladin.”

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Islam is both a religion and a civilization…

Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr notes: “Islam is both a religion and a civilization, a historical reality that spans over fourteen centuries of human history.”

Kenneth Richard Samples, from A World of Difference, kindle location 2835

The God of Islam differs from the God of the Bible…

However, the God of Islam differs from the God of the Bible in three important ways. First, the revelation given Muhammad does not identify Allah’s essence, character, and personhood, but rather only his divine will and commands. In fact, because Allah’s revelation was mediated entirely through the angel Gabriel, even Muhammad never encountered God. As Esposito explains, “In Islam, God does not reveal Himself, for God is transcendent, but rather His will or guidance.” Continue reading

A relativistic West trying to defend itself…

Isn’t it interesting that the last twenty years of education have focused on sensitivity training and cross-cultural understanding, while the academy has focused its efforts on relativism and an anti-Christian curriculum? Witness now a relativistic West trying to defend itself with a misguided, absolutist, non-Christian worldview (Islam). Scholars thought they were evicting the Christian faith as to give themselves center-stage. They have run from the arms of a “Lion” into the arms of a “Bear” that will not allow them their own relativistic privileges. The Christian faith looks better and better all the time, if for no other reason than that the courtesy of disbelief is granted. That grace Islam seems incapable of offering even to its own people.

Ravi Zacharias, from RZIM letter dated February, 2006

This is not a clash of cultures…

I began by talking about the furor in Europe over cartoons that were seen as disrespectful of Mohammed. I do not think it is wise to ridicule what someone else deems sacred. But that should apply to the Christian faith as well. A leading editorial here called the reaction from the Muslim world a “clash of cultures.” But that is not what this is all about. It is irresponsible to categorize it as merely a cultural thing. Isn’t it interesting that no Buddhist monk called for such retaliation when the statues of Buddha were blown up in Afghanistan? Yet the Buddhist culture is different from those of Christianity and Islam as well. No, this is not a clash of cultures. This is one religion that demands submission from all others and refuses its own people—and the rest of the world—the freedom to disbelieve. That is what it is all about.

Ravi Zacharias, from RZIM letter dated February, 2006

Islam is a religion in which Allah…

Islam is a religion in which Allah requires [that] you send your son to die for him. Christianity is a faith in which God sent his son to die for you.

John Ashcroft, quoted in Slandering Jesus by Erwin Lutzer, p. 53