The Prophet and the Messiah: An Arab Christian's Perspective on Islam and Christianity

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The Prophet and the Messiah: An Arab Christian's Perspective on Islam and Christianity. By Chawkat Moucarry. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2001. Pp. 327. Paperback $13.

In its motives, method, and content, this book offers a welcome alternative to the many generic "introductions to Islam" and a growing number of rather polemical Christian books on the subject. Chawkat Moucarry writes from the viewpoint of an Arab Christian who grew up in Syria, lived in France, and now resides in Britain. His love for the Arab Muslim people is combined with a solid knowledge of Islamics, and he offers reader a refreshingly balanced, side-by-side presentation of Muslim and Christian doctrines of revelation and salvation. He is impelled by a deep passion to communicate the truth of the Gospel to Muslims and by an equally burning desire to help Western Christians live out their faith with their Muslim neighbors in a way that promotes understanding and dignity for all peoples in this shrinking world.

Furthermore, as an evangelical Christian, Moucarry espouses a dialogic method that, based on Jesus' Golden Rule, "means not comparing the ideals of Christianity with the reality of Islam, radical Muslims with moderate Muslims, or mainstream Christianity with Islamic sects" (p. …

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