This book delves into the life of John and studies his apologetic writings in detail, utilizing the first English translation from the critical text.
Author: Daniel J. Janosik
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Much of the world today is convulsed in an epic struggle between the Christian West and Islam. Scholars seeking to understand the issues look back in history to unearth the roots of this conflict. Of great value in this effort are the writings of an eyewitness, a devoted Christian who served as chief financial officer of the Umayyad Empire and wrote at the time Islam was developing. John of Damascus (675-750) authored two major works, the Heresy of the Ishmaelites and the Disputation between a Christian and a Saracen, to provide an apologetic response to Islam from a Christian perspective. His writings shed light on many questions that are pertinent today: When was the Qur'an actually written? What was the role of the powerful caliph Abd al-Malik in the making of Muhammad? How did the theological issues related to the deity of Christ and the Trinity develop in the early days of Islam? This book delves into the life of John and studies his apologetic writings in detail, utilizing the first English translation from the critical text. It seeks to address these questions thoughtfully, provide valuable insights from the past, and then equip today's church as it engages with Islam.
Author: W. Richard Oakes Jr.Publish On: 2020-09-30
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Author: W. Richard Oakes Jr.
Publisher: Lexington Books
The Cross of Christ: Foundational Islamic Perspectives takes an in-depth look at all of the medieval Muslim scholars considered to have affirmed Jesus' crucifixion. Each chapter provides the important historical and intellectual context for the commentators. As well, critical new translations of key texts are provided, offering important access to vital documents and schools of thought. The author argues that, rather than affirming the historicity of the crucifixion, the Isma'ilis tend to assume its historicity, in order to advance important Isma'ili doctrines. The author also contends that the commentators who explored ways to affirm the crucifixion, nonetheless made extensive use of traditional substitution legends that deny the crucifixion. In order to orient the reader, the book starts by introducing the reader to the Jesus of the Qur'an. It then compares him to the Jesus of the New Testament and the Jesus of extra canonical literature. Upon this Qur'anic skeleton, the author layers a myriad of details found in seventeen works of classic Islamic literature, so that a truly unique, authentic and authoritative Jesus of Islam emerges.
Turtledove, trans., The Chronicle of Theophanes, 100. 18. Louth, St. John Damascene, 13. 19. Chase, St. John of Damascus: Writings, xxviii. 20. Ibid., xv.
21. Fred Donner, Early Islamic Conquests (Princeton: Princeton University Press,
Publisher: Zondervan Academic
Explore Apologetics through the Lives of History's Great Apologists The History of Apologetics follows the great apologists in the history of the church to understand how they approached the task of apologetics in their own cultural and theological context. Each chapter looks at the life of a well-known apologist from history, unpacks their methodology, and details how they approached the task of defending the faith. By better understanding how apologetics has been done, readers will be better able to grasp the contextualized nature of apologetics and apply those insights to today's context. The History of Apologetics covers forty-four apologists including: Part One: Patristic Apologists Justin Martyr by Gerald Bray Irenaeus of Lyons by Stephen O. Presley Athenagoras of Athens by W. Brian Shelton Tertullian of Carthage by Bryan M. Litfin Origen by A. Chadwick Thornhill Athanasius of Alexandria by Jonathan Morgan Augustine of Hippo by Chad Meister Part Two: Medieval Apologists John of Damascus by Daniel J. Janosik Theodore Abu Qurrah by Byard Bennett Timothy I of Baghdad by Edward L. Smither and Trevor Castor Anselm of Canterbury by Edward N. Martin and Steven B. Cowan Saint Thomas Aquinas by Francis J. Beckwith and Shawn Floyd Ramon Lull by Greg Peters Gregory Palamas by Byard Bennett Part Three: Early Modern Apologists Hugo Grotius by Bryan Baise Blaise Pascal by Tyler Dalton McNabb and Michael R. DeVito Jonathan Edwards by Michael McClymond William Paley by Charles Taliaferro Joseph Butler by David McNaughton Part Four: 19th C. Apologists Simon Greenleaf by Craig A. Parton John Henry Newman by Corneliu C. Simut Søren Kierkegaard by Sean A. Turchin and Christian Kettering James Orr by Ronnie Campbell B. B. Warfield by Kim Riddlebarger Part Five: 20th C. American Apologists J. Gresham Machen by D. G. Hart Cornelius Van Til by K. Scott Oliphint Gordon Haddon Clark by Robert A. Weathers Francis A. Schaeffer by William Edgar Edward John Carnell by Steven A. Hein Part Six: 20th C. European Apologists A. E. Taylor by Michael O. Obanla and David Baggett G. K. Chesterton by Ralph Wood Dorothy Sayers by Amy Orr-Ewing C. S. Lewis by Alister McGrath Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Matthew D. Kirkpatrick Lesslie Newbigin by Krish Kandiah Part Seven: Contemporary Apologists John Warwick Montgomery by Craig A. Parton Charles Taylor by Bruce Riley Ashford and Matthew Ng Alvin Plantinga by James Beilby Richard Swinburne by Greg Welty Ravi Zacharias by Jo Vitale and Vince Vitale William Lane Craig by R. Keith Loftin Gary R. Habermas by W. David Beck and Benjamin C. F. Shaw Alister E. McGrath by James K. Dew and Jordan Steffaniak Timothy Keller by Joshua D. Chatraw
A Collection of Documents from the First Three Islamic Centuries, 632-900 A.D. :
Translations with Commentary N. A. ... Other Christian apologists also used this
idea that prophecy ended with the advent of Jesus ( see , John of Damascus ...
James Andrew Corcoran, Patrick John Ryan, Edmond Francis Prendergast ...
was the first Christian apologist against Islam . ... Theodore Abucara ( d . about
820 ) , a disciple of John of Damascus , defended the Christian religion against ...
THE GUIDE TO ANSWERING ISLAM provides Christians with an overview of Islamic terminology.
Author: Daniel Janosik
Publisher: Christian Publishing House
The average Christian knows somewhat how dangerous radical Islam is because of the regular media coverage of beheadings of Christians, Jews, and even young little children, not to mention Muslims with which they disagree. However, the average Christian does not know their true beliefs, just how many there are, to the extent they will go to carry out these beliefs. Daily we find Islamic commentators on the TV and radio, offering up misleading information, quoting certain portions of the Quran while leaving other parts out. When considering Islamic beliefs, other Islamic writings must be considered, like the Hadith or Sunnah, and the Shariah, or canon law. While Islam, in general, does not support radical Islam, the vast majority do support radical beliefs. For example, beheadings, stoning for adultery or homosexuality, suicide bombings, turning the world into an Islamic state, and far too many other heinous things. THE GUIDE TO ANSWERING ISLAM provides Christians with an overview of Islamic terminology. The reader will learn about Muhammad’s calling, the history of the Quran, how Islam expanded, the death of Muhammad and the splinter groups that followed. In addition, the three sources of their teaching, six pillars of belief, five pillars of Islam, the twelfth Imam, and much more will be discussed. While there are several books on Islam and radical Islam, this will be the first that will prepare its readers to communicate effectively with Muslims in an effort toward sharing biblical truths. THE GUIDE TO ISLAM will be an effective evangelism tool. In addition, each chapter will end with review questions, helping the reader recall the main points of the chapter. Therefore, it can be studied alone or in a church Bible study setting. THE GUIDE TO ANSWERING ISLAM has the contents constructed in a way that will greatly serve the Christian Church. There are many recent books written by Christians about Islam, and there are many books written recently about radical Islam. However, none of these recent books attempts to do what has been done, which is to give an adequate portrayal of Islam, critiqued by history and Christian doctrine, and then culminating in an extensive evaluation of the rise of Radical Islam from a Christian's perspective.
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receive theological consideration in Islam . ' John ' s statements about the power
of man to ...
The controversy between Muslim and Christian theologians which began with John of Damascus has been carried on until our ... Muslim theologians early
found in their prophet the model of perfection and evolved a theory of inspiration
Theodore Abu Qurrah (c.750-c.825) was an intellectual heir of St. John of Damascus.
Author: Thāwdhūrus Abū Qurrah
Publisher: Peeters Publishers
Theodore Abu Qurrah (c.750-c.825) was an intellectual heir of St. John of Damascus. Both became monks of Mar Sabas monastery in the Judean desert. Whereas John of Damascus was prominent among the generations of Greek writers in the Holy Land in early Islamic times, Theodore Abu Qurrah was the first Orthodox scholar whose name we know regularly to write Christian theology in Arabic. He spoke and wrote the Arabic language at a time when it was just becoming the cultural language of classical Islamic civilization, as well as the lingua sacra of the Qu'ran and of the new world religion. He was among the first Christians to exploit the apologetic potential of the new Arabic medium of public discourse. Abu Qurrah's Arabic tract in defense of the veneration of the holy icons was a response to the problem of the public veneration of the symbols of Christianity in an Islamic environment in which the caliph's policies since the time of 'Abd al-Malik (685-705) had been to claim the public space for Islam. In this treatise one finds arguments once expounded by earlier Greek writers, now deployed to meet the needs of a new generation of Arabic-speaking Christians, who were more evidently in contact and debate with Muslims.
apologetic and intentional , aiming at preempting any attempt on the part of the Muslims to claim legitimacy from ... 57 Thus the Muslims are first and foremost
Ishmaelites , by extension Hagarenes , and only by appellation Saracens . 58
The dialogues also with Muslims attributed to John of Damascus are the one with
“ a Saracen ” 59 and the other with an intellectual who in the end is proven
The Arian monk mentioned by John of Damascus in this context might reflect an early version of the story that ... Meanwhile the Baḥīrā legend was developed in Muslim circles for apologetic purposes as well , since it could indicate that ...
Author: Barbara Roggema
Publisher: Peeters Pub & Booksellers
In history, Judaism, Christianity and Islam have been both partners and rivals. The well-known parable of the three rings argues in a beautiful paradox how the religion most beloved by the other two will turn out to be in possession of the true ring. This book collects a number of texts in which not just bilateral religious dialogues but the relations between one's own religion and the two others are documented. The texts translated and studied here, date from the medieval period, both from the East and from the West. It brings together in one volume esteemed writers such as the Jews Judah Halevi, Abraham Ibn Daud, Moses Maimonides, and Ibn Kammuna; the Christians John of Damascus, Paul of Antioch, Peter Abelard, Thomas Aquinas and Nicholas of Cusa; and the Muslims 'Abd al-Jabbar, Al-Ghazali, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, and Nur-al-Din al-Raniri. The shared knowledge of different religious traditions as testified to in some of these texts, may come as a surprise. Basic patterns of mutual understanding, pluralism, tolerance and dialogue - still relevant today - are drafted.
Jacob bar ' Isā ' bar Shakkako ( Severus Bp . of Azerbaijan ) : First Philosophy (
Mingana Syriac No. 547 ) 14 Jacob bar Salibi : Syriac of Pseudo- ... David ibn
Marwan 52 Vol . viii , art . Martin , Raymond 89 John of Damascus 13 , 18 , 39 ...
They included the author of Disputatio Saraceni et Christiani, thought by some
scholars to be John of Damascus,162 and ... main Christian apologists and
catechists, who not only countered Islamic polemics, but also developed the first
Author: Najib George Awad
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
This volume presents Theodore Abu Qurrah’s apologetic Christian theology in dialogue with Islam. It explores the question of whether, in his attempt to convey orthodoxy in Arabic to the Muslim reader, Abu Qurrah diverged from creedal, doctrinal Christian theology and compromised its core content. A comprehensive study of the theology of Abu Qurrah and its relation to Islamic and pre-Islamic orthodox Melkite thought has not yet been pursued in modern scholarship. Awad addresses this gap in scholarship by offering a thorough analytic hermeneutics of Abu Qurrah’s apologetic thought, with specific attention to his theological thought on the Trinity and Christology. This study takes scholarship beyond attempts at editing and translating Abu Qurrah’s texts and offers scholars, students, and lay readers in the fields of Arabic Christianity, Byzantine theology, Christian-Muslim dialogues, and historical theology an unprecedented scientific study of Abu Qurrah’s theological mind.
Author: Muslim-Christian Research GroupPublish On: 1989
From the time of St . John of Damascus ( early 8th century ) , Muslims were called
Ishmaelites or Hagarenes , with the ... The Qur ' ān , used in apologetics to show
the double nature of Christ , eternal divine Word and human speech , was ...
He was accordingly retained in his position by the Muslims , and his son was in
due time appointed as his successor . ... John of Damascus , in his position of
high honour , was respected for his devotion to his Christian faith , and from the
debates ... work and gave his last years to contemplation and literary work , we
have an apologetic trilogy - the Dialectica , the De ... Richard Bell mentions that “
we see , even in the first two centuries , the biography of Muhammad being
decked out ...
This book offers editions and translations of the Syriac and Christian Arabic versions of the originally ninth-century Legend of Sergius Baa, ArA, which portrays Islama (TM)s political might as predestined but finite and its scripture and ...
Author: Barbara Roggema
Category: Social Science
This book offers editions and translations of the Syriac and Christian Arabic versions of the originally ninth-century Legend of Sergius Baa, ArA, which portrays Islama (TM)s political might as predestined but finite and its scripture and religion as derivative of Christianity
John is normally credited with being the first Christian to deal with Islam ; but he
had been preceded somewhat by the Jacobite Patriarch ... Abraham of Beit -
Hale , Barthelomew of Edessa ( eighth century ) , Peter of Damascus , and no
doubt many others , as having not only ... Judaism , and Manichaeism , to
produce some rational apologetics of its own for its existence and its supposed
The Byzantines , of course , first encountered Islam because of the Arab conquest
in the second and third quarters of the seventh century . Yet the earliest known
Byzantine apologist against Islam is Saint John Damascene in the eighth century
Author: Fred McGraw Donner
This volume presents a selection of the key studies in which leading scholars since the beginning of the 20th century attempt to explain the phenomenally rapid expansion of the early Islamic state during the 7th century CE. The articles debate the causes for the conquest movement or expansion, the reasons for its success, the nature of the movement itself, the impact the expansion had on the countries affected by it, and the complex questions surrounding the sources on which historians have constructed their views of the expansion, and the reliability (or lack of it) of those sources. No articles devoted to the actual conquest of a given locality are included-hundreds exist-but a fairly extensive bibliography lists many of the more important contributions in this genre. The editor's introduction addresses the phenomenon of the expansion and how scholars have approached and grappled with it.
... Islamic polemics figured prominently in Byzantine theology during most of the
period covered in this volume , from John of Damascus and ... Contention with Islam produced in Byzantine apologetics two different views , the extreme or
negative attitude , which considered it a form ... interesting and helpful since
some of these early medieval arguments are still advanced in Islamic - Christian apologetics .
J . Windrow Sweetman , of the Henry Martyn School of Islamic Studies , Aligarh ,
has given us the first instalment of ... The first section of the book ends with an
admirable account of the work of John of Damascus and his fellow - apologists ...