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Imagine if the Apostle Paul were alive to defend the truth of Jesus's resurrection-only to be countered by none other than the prophet Muhammad himself.In an approach as creative as any scholar has taken, Michael R. Licona describes an invention that can make historical figures appear alive and present. Imagining an audience of both Christians and Muslims, Licona crafts aImagine if the Apostle Paul were alive to defend the truth of Jesus's resurrection-only to be countered by none other than the prophet Muhammad himself.In an approach as creative as any scholar has taken, Michael R. Licona describes an invention that can make historical figures appear alive and present. Imagining an audience of both Christians and Muslims, Licona crafts a lively debate between Paul and Muhammad, each speaking on and analyzing the validity of the Qur'an, the gospel accounts, and both Christian and Muslim doctrine.Intriguing and entertaining, Paul Meets Muhammad uniquely offers evangelism advice for Christians who want to speak the gospel to Muslim friends and neighbors. This fictional scenario presents a powerful, comprehensive defense of Jesus's resurrection and of Christianity itself....

Title : Paul Meets Muhammad: A Christian-Muslim Debate on the Resurrection
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Number of Pages : 175 Pages
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Paul Meets Muhammad: A Christian-Muslim Debate on the Resurrection Reviews

  • Irene
    2019-04-19 18:14

    Yes, definitely a food for thought book. First of all, I appreciated the author's reason for writing this book, to promote understanding between the two currently conflicting religions. I also liked the situation Mr. Licona set up to make this debate seem real.A few observations: the topic was very limited, and so the 2 men, Paul and Muhammad, could not fully answer questions that did not have to do exactly with the topic. Otherwise they were very interesting questions. Which I would have liked to hear their answers to...Second, Mr. Licona chose Paul to take on the harder position, proving that something is, and not what something is not. Which seemed like a quirky thing to do, especially since he admits to being Christian in the beginning of the book. Third, Muhammad's argument, overall, did not have any impact on me at all because his whole basis was on the Koran, which I don't believe in the first place. Fourth, Muhammad used minimal logic. His appeal was very emotional. Once again, I was not affected.Fifth, Paul's arguments suited my personality very much. But I also think his argument would have been much more convincing to others as well. I only wish he would repeat his ideas using different phrases. I must have heard the same exact phrase 10 times in the book! It was rather annoying. Sixth, I enjoyed the presence of the moderator. It served to make the book seem real. I also liked the side story Mr. Licona put in, to give us a break from thinking, to open and close the sections, and give the book a setting.Lastly, I would like to see another book come out and make it so that Muhammad has to take on the harder side and see how his argument would change. Would he rely on the Koran as much?Overall, an enjoyable book, but not if you're not in the mood to think too much.

  • Calvin Ohsey
    2019-04-15 00:38

    Debates on resurrection had spark controversy in the West after Ahmed Deedat, a famous Islamic preacher in 1970s-1980s had claimed he defeated few Christians scholars and pastors using his "swoon theory" and "cruci-fiction theory" to defend Quranic case against the resurrection. Despite that, the burden of proof lies on the Christians much more rather than Islam. Until Dr Gary Hebermas collected thousands of scholarly work on the case for resurrection back in 1980s and make case strong to defend the resurrection using various method apart from the Gospel narrations.In this book, you will found both. Despite the fictitious between apostle Paul and prophet Muhammad emphasised here, the content that on the subject matters were indeed facts from both sides. It is the matter which facts able to defend itself and how convincing it is.My personal bias imply that Paul win this debate because of the extra-biblical facts presented. Unfortunately, the subject matter on the Resurrection rely more on biblical sources. Thus, it is appeared that Paul unable to defend the reliability of his writing in 1 Corinthians 15 and 4 sources of Gospels due to limited space in this debate.On the side of Muhammad, the argument for the Quran is very weak. Plus, it also didn't rely more on his saying in hadiths and sirah narrations. Constant attacking on Paul arguments rather than defending the Quran does not made Muhammad the winner of this debate. Despite of that, Muhammad really good at rebuttal against Paul. As to be honest, with current scholarship of sceptics against the case of Resurrection, Muhammad can improve much better his arguments.So, up to the reader to decide.

  • Isaiah Jesch
    2019-04-14 01:18

    An interesting read, with some good information on the issues of debate between the sides. However, Mike Licoma's "mere Christianity" really comes through in here. While the writing is enjoyable and the line of arguement seems fair, a reader who holds to a higher view of Scripture than Licona will be disappointed. His constant refusal to dig into, or even really support generally, the idea that the Scriptures are truth and reliable sticks out sorely. I would look to much better apologetic methodologies to equip myself and others for debate and for other resources to share with a Muslim to present the case for the Christian faith. This is simply not strong enough to accomplish those tasks in my view.

  • Phil Barnes
    2019-04-04 01:36

    Sometime in the near future . . .What would it be like if Paul and Muhammad could dialogue with one another in a public debate on the resurrection of Jesus? Sometime in the near future, computer software is developed that allows for all the writings of each of these men to create "quasi-artificial" for each one of them so that they can debate each other. I didn't find anything new or unexpected in this book, but the author's style is engaging. He presents topics in an interesting manner so that the reader can get an overview of the key differences between the biblical and Muslim view of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The author admits his Christian bias, and that bias is evident in the book. I did, however, believe that the Muslim side was presented intelligently and fairly. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is interested in trying to understand how Muslims look at the resurrection of Jesus and especially to Christians who are interested in trying to share their faith with Muslims.

  • Carlos
    2019-04-17 19:16

    The book is written from a very creative approach. I liked and disliked that the book is filled with so many facts; at some points the book can seem a bit repetitive and the information can get a little overwhelming for the casual reader. So this book is great as a reference book. If you like facts after facts on either side of the argument, this is the book for you. I also liked that the author does not choose a side, rather he presents all the facts that either side would present and leaves the decision up to the reader. Great book to help you decide on which side of the argument you are on. One note: Its important to look at the facts from history to make a conclusion. Its not a good argument to say. "I believe what I believe because this book tells me so and that's good enough for me." Historical Evidence is the strongest evidence.

  • Alan
    2019-03-28 22:30

    Licona did a wonderful job of presenting a balanced argument between the Apostle Paul and Muhammad. Sometimes it's worrisome that an author wouldn't give a fair shake to the opposing worldview in these types of books but Licona was definitely fair when writing the Islamic dialogue. He presented very advanced criticisms of the resurrection from the Islamic point of view. I highly respect Licona as a Christian scholar and a fellow brother in Christ. His understanding of the texts is nothing short of amazing.It was a very entertaining read and added a depth to my understanding of Islam as it pertains to their rejection of the resurrection. I highly recommend it!

  • Bledar
    2019-04-11 01:32

    It was an excellent book. The idea of bringing a fiction of MIT machine that could think like the person and having the debate in a very constructive way was interesting. I would hope that Christians and Muslims would engage in this type of positive and constructive debate. If a sequel to this book would be written, I would like to hear the Muslim build a case for their faith and the Christian arguing against.

  • Garrett Cash
    2019-04-07 02:11

    A brilliant work of high-concept apologetics that delivers far more than its provocative premise suggests. Dr. Licona one of the finest resurrection scholars alive, and this work is by far one of the best I've read on the subject. He argues the Muslim positions far better than any Muslim apologist I've read!

  • Preston Howell
    2019-03-30 00:36

    I thought this book was a great read. It helped me see where the Christian and Muslim views differ, especially in relation to the death of Jesus and his resurrection. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to figure out the differences between Christianity and Islam.

  • Vlad Stepanov
    2019-03-23 21:36

    If you like debates or want to talk to Muslims about Jesus' divinity, this is a great book!

  • Clint Sanchez
    2019-04-04 21:27

    Interesting read. Although burly at times, and fictional, one must assume that it is based in fact. It's most certainly given me food for thought, and a desire to study further.

  • Ershad Ganjy
    2019-04-12 01:18

    Based on Mike's real life experience.