Considering the recent unrest in the Middle East causing such turmoil for the Christian faithful, I thought it best to highlight a book providing an Orthodox look at Islam. Facing Islam by Ralph H. Sidway, which is described as "What the Ancient Church has to say about the Religion of Muhammad." In addition to the book, a blog of the same name is available here.
I recently picked up a copy, and the Introduction outlines the text's material thus:
- the assertion of a need for “true religious dialogue” with Islam, and what pitfalls that presents for Christians,
- the claim that “Muslims and Christians worship the same God,” and what that means for Christians,
- the implied assumption that “Islam is a religion of peace” with which we ought to partner,
- the vague presupposition that Muhammad was divinely inspired, and therefore “an apostle, a man of God,”
- the notion that Christianity and Islam have “sizable ar- eas of common ground,” and should therefore unite in “new models of co-existence and cooperation,”
- and, in general, the sunny view that Islam is a wonder- ful, lofty religion and has so much in common with Christianity as to be in many ways revered and even emulated by us (while any differences are due to “mis- understandings” which may be easily cleared away by “true religious dialogue”).