I just wanted to encourage everyone to listen to some of this conference audio if and when you get a chance. James White is speaking at it and his second session is on Islam. I would especially hope my readers listen to that audio file. Enjoy!
Here are a few good resources to study and use if any of you are wanting to learn more about Islam and what Muslims around the world believe.
I know of other sites, but this should get our list going for now. Please share in the comments any other web sites you have come across that can help Christians learn more about Islam and what an honest and Biblically faithful response to Islam looks like.
James White vs. Jalal Abualrub:
“Does the New Testament Teach that Jesus Is God?”
[HT: David Wood]
The native Dutch are moving out. Since 2004, more indigenous Dutchmen have emigrated each year than immigrants have moved in. People who have lost faith in God do not fight. They run. Since they do not believe in life after death, this life is the only thing they have to lose. One emigrant Dutchman, a homosexual author who lives in Brussels, writes: â€œI am not a warrior. I do not fight for freedom. I am only good at enjoying it.â€ This mentality has affected the whole of Western Europe. A young German woman recently said that it is â€œbetter to let yourself be raped than risk injuries while resisting, better to avoid fighting than risk death.â€ Europe has chosen the path of submission. Islamization is not the cause but the consequence of the collapse of Europe. The very word Islam means â€œsubmission.â€ Many Europeans have submitted already. In that sense, they have already become Muslims.
If anyone was worried about the recent violent protests by Muslims in the UK, imagine what things will be like ten or twenty years from now. According to recent statistics, the Muslim population in the UK is growing ten times faster than the rest of society.
- The Muslim population in Britain has grown by more than 500,000 to 2.4 million in just four years, according to official research collated for The Times.
- The population multiplied 10 times faster than the rest of society, the research by the Office for National Statistics reveals. In the same period the number of Christians in the country fell by more than 2 million. READ MORE.
Recently, Professor Muhammad Sven Kalisch, a convert to Islam and a scholar of Islamic theology, shocked the world by declaring that, based on his research, Muhammad probably never existed. (For the news about Kalisch, see “Muslim Academic Questions Muhammad’s Existence,” “Professor Hired for Outreach to Muslims Delivers a Jolt,” and “Scandal Exposes Islam’s Weakness.”)
Let’s start with the obvious. It’s quite common to find Muslim apologists appealing to the most radical, anti-Christian, atheistic writings in their attacks against Christianity. For instance, this past April, as James and I debated Jalal Abualrub, Jalal said that Christians don’t have any evidence that Jesus ever existed. Here he could only be basing such a claim on the hyperskeptical nonsense of some of the self-proclaimed “infidels” who write for the Secular Web. (Note: Some of the writers there are actually reasonable scholars–but not the ones who hold that Jesus was a myth.) The Jesus-myth theory has become quite popular in some circles, and Muslims seem quite happy with this (though I’m not sure why Muslims would be so delighted to hear that Jesus never existed; wouldn’t this refute Islam?).
But what happens when the same radical skepticism that has been applied to Christianity for the past two centuries is applied to Islam? Kalisch gives us the answer: Muhammad probably never existed.
Dinesh D’Souza was interviewed by Marcia Segelstein for our Salvo Magazine in “The Apologist.” An excerpt::
Segelstein: How has Islamic terrorism played into this new “missionary atheism”?
D’Souza: Quite simply, it is what has given atheists the confidence to market their claims. For a long time now, atheists have been accusing religion of being ignorantâ€”of being unscientific and preferring blind faith over critical reasonâ€”but that could have been attributed to just harmless error. Atheists can now argue, however, that religious people are not merely ignorant; they’re also dangerous. Religion is not merely irrational; it’s also toxic. It sets man against man. It produces carnage. It causes people to fly planes into buildings after reading holy books. Atheists have been able to surf on the wave of 9/11 by generalizing the crimes committed in the name of Islam to crimes committed in the name of God. This has given modern atheism a certain sort of relevance, currency, and confidence.
The interview is worth your time. D’Souza lets Hitchens, Dawkins, and others get away with precious little. Hitchens, he notes, is not an atheist, but an “anti-theist.”
[HT: James M. Kushiner]
[HT: David Wood]
From David Wood:
Most people don’t understand what’s going on in this video. It just seems like a Muslim shouting harsh words at our future President. But there’s much more to this video. Muslims are told to invite people to Islam. If people reject the invitation, Muslims are commanded to fight and kill them (unless they agree to pay the Jizya with the proper amount of humiliation and disgrace). This video, then, is an announcement of Step One–the invitation. When the invitation is refused, Muslims are called to violence.
Muslim plea to Obama: Return to ‘Islamic roots’
‘Allah will reward you for all who convert in your footsteps’
Posted: December 07, 2008
5:17 pm Eastern – By Aaron Klein
JERUSALEM â€“ Claiming Barack Obama has roots in the Islamic religion, an Egyptian cleric has broadcast a plea urging Obama to convert to Islam while warning if the U.S. doesn’t withdraw its troops from the Middle East and provide aid to Muslims, those “eager for [death]” will attack America.
“My message to [Obama] is threefold,” declares Egyptian cleric Hassan Abu Al-Ashbal, speaking last week on the state-funded Al Nas religious television network. “First, I invite him to convert to Islam. This is the call of the Prophet and of Allah. Oh, Obama â€“ convert to Islam, and you will be saved.”
Video of Ashbal’s message can be seen here.
Continues Ashbal, “I hope that Allah will reward you twice: once for converting to Islam, and another reward for all those who will convert in your footsteps. If you want glory, you will find it in Islam. If you want honor, you will find it in Islam. In religions other than Islam there is utter humiliation, even if you are the president of the entire world.”
“You, Obama, are among those who have pledged before Allah â€“ Allah who created you, sustained you, and brought you to this position â€“ to be a Muslim who believes that Allah is the one God, especially since you have some kind of roots in Islam,” declares Ashbal. “Convert to Islam, and you will be saved. All glory and honor lie in following Allah and his messenger, Muhammad. Know that the true religion is the religion of Islam, and all other religions are fabricated religions, which are null and void â€“ religions that were abrogated by the shari’a of Muhammad.”
The Egyptian cleric says if Obama refuses to convert to Islam, his administration should at the least “withdraw your huge armies and military bases from the lands of the Muslims.”
“Know that all your predecessors have ended up in the garbage bin of history, and that America’s black and bleak history in the land of the Muslims and the Arabs constitutes an evil omen for you, your predecessors, and your successors,” Ashbal states.
Ashbal further warns there will be no peace “as long as a single Muslim child lacks food, drink, medicine, or housing,” implying suicide bombers would strike American targets.
“If you refuse,” Ashbal declares, “and insist on remaining in Muslim lands, know that Allah still plants in [Muslims] obedience to Him, and that they are willing to wait for paradise, which is closer than their own shoelaces. Know, Obama, that in the lands of Islam, there are people who seek death, and are eager for it, even more than you and your people are eager for life â€“ any kind of life, even a life of humiliation.”