MUSLIMS ASK, CHRISTIANS ANSWER
Christian W. Troll, S.J.
Answering questions Muslims
ask Christians most frequently.
PAPERBACK; 146 PAGES; 2012
About this Book
Muslims and Christians in many parts of the world meet ever more frequently. In each of the 12 succinct chapters, Christian Troll deals with one of the questions Muslims ask Christians most frequently about Christian faith and practice. He explains the wider background for the question according to Muslim religious thought. Then, from the perspective of Christian faith and theology and of dialogue with Muslims, the Christian positions are clarified, and sensitive, honest proposals are made for responding to the questions. In this way the volume offers both Christians and Muslims a precious help for orientation and a solid basis for interreligious encounter and dialogue.
The book's chapters are: Scripture and the Word of God; The Divinity of Jesus and the Incarnation; Cross, Sin and Redemption; Muhammad and the Christian Faith; God, the Three in One; The Church; The Holy Eucharist; Prayer; Religion and the World; Celibacy as a Religious Vocation; Religious Pluralism and Freedom of Religion; The Heart of Christianity.
Interreligious dialogue involves the sensitive asking of questions in order to achieve mutual understanding and respect. In this introductory text Father Troll shows himself to be a faithful Catholic practitioner of dialogue and an outstanding scholar of Islam.
Reverend James Massa
Former Executive Director, USCCB Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs
Based on his
decades-long experience living and teaching among Muslims, Fr. Troll answers
questions asked by Muslims about the beliefs and practices of their Christian
neighbors. He places each set of questions within the context of contemporary
Muslim perceptions, along with their sources in Islamic scripture and traditions.
Fr. Troll answers them following orthodox Roman Catholic and traditional Protestant
teachings. Muslims Ask, Christians Answer is a must-read for both experts
and casual readers alike.
Sandra Toenies Keating
Associate Professor of Theology at Providence College
For any serious-minded
Christian who wishes to live harmoniously with our Muslim neighbours, it could
be said to provide essential reading. This reading may require a degree of
concentration, but the precise and methodical way in which the subject-matter
is presented greatly facilitates this. Each chapter starts with a set of questions
that Muslims often ask of Christians. We are then invited to consider the
religious and cultural background that provokes such enquiries. We are then
presented with the Christian answers. In addition to satisfying the interest
and curiosity of others, the book does much to explain to Christians themselves
many puzzling aspects of their own religion. This book provides essential
reading for people of all faiths or none who wish to live together harmoniously
in the multi-cultural environment which prevails in this country today.
book is intended primarily for Christians, to enlighten them with regard to
their own religion and to provide them with the information necessary to engage
in dialogue with Muslims, it would also be a valuable book for Muslims to
read in order to understand the differences between the two faiths. Each question
is dealt with ably and diplomatically in clear prose understandable to the
layperson, and the questions covered are certainly those that are mostly like
to arise in conversations between members of the two groups. I would highly
recommend this book for any library.
in Catholic Library World
has done it again. This little work exhibits his theological sophistication
as a mature student of Islam in simple, superbly organised prose … Troll
illuminates Muslim and Christian sources and traditions with exquisite fairness
… He canvasses five key doctrinal issues … Christians seeking
to learn more about Islam will take surprisingly fresh measure of their own
tradition, and vice versa … Troll’s clarifications … can
certainly help to undermine settled distortions, but nothing can substitute
for actual dialogue between believing Christians and Muslims, which this fine
study calls for. We will be better able to fulfil that responsibility –
in the office or our neighbourhood – after learning from these pressing
issues so superbly canvassed here.
This book encourages
dialogue between the two traditions and critical self-reflection on the part
of each, especially Christians … It is a serious effort to encourage
Christians to listen carefully to the questions Muslims pose and to respond
thoughtfully. It consists of 12 chapters, each of which is devoted to a specific
set of questions … The volume contains a useful bibliography and set
of notes. Summing up: Recommended. Academic and Public libraries; lower- and
upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers.
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About the author
Christian W. Troll, S.J.
Christian Troll is the Honorary Professor for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule St. Georgen in Frankfurt, Germany. He was a Professor at the Vidyajyoti Institute of Religious Studies in Delhi, a Senior lecturer at the Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Birmingham, a Professor of Islamic Institutions at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, and a regular Guest Professor at Ankara University. Among his books are Sayyid Ahmad Khan, A Reinterpretation of Muslim Theology, Dialogue and Difference, Islam in India: Studies and Commentaries (editor), and Faith, Power and Violence: Muslims and Christians in Plural Society, Past and Present (co-editor).
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