Who Is My Enemy? Questions American Christians Must Face about Islam - And Themselves

ISBN-10: 1587432889
ISBN-13: 9781587432880
Edition: 2011
Authors: Lee Camp
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Description: Current discussion of Islam in America tends toward two polar extremes. On one hand is the notion that Christianity is superior to Islam and that Muslims are warmongers. On the other is the notion that all religions basically say the same thing and  More...

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Brazos Press
Publication date: 10/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Current discussion of Islam in America tends toward two polar extremes. On one hand is the notion that Christianity is superior to Islam and that Muslims are warmongers. On the other is the notion that all religions basically say the same thing and are peaceable. Theologian and critically acclaimed author Lee Camp argues that both these extremes are wrong. He introduces Christian and Islamic views on war and peacemaking and examines Christian and non-Christian terrorism to help readers confront their own prejudices. Camp shatters misconceptions about religious violence, arguing that American Christians often opt for an ethic that has more in common with the story of Muhammad than with the story of Jesus. This book shows readers how to respond faithfully and intelligently to Muslims in today's world as well as to the New Atheists who suppose that all religion is inherently violent. It provides balanced teaching on war and peacemaking, offering hope for reconciliation in a post-9/11 world.

Preface
The Muslim Enemy
To Seek to Understand Rather Than to Be Understood
"Double Vision"
Double Vision at Ground Zero
"You Are Doing the Very Same Things"
Looking for New Testament Christianity
Restricted Vision
Listening to New Stories
The Early Church and the Jesus Story
The Early Church
Calls for Renewal
The New Testament and the Politics of Jesus
To Istanbul and Back
On the Meaning of Politics
A Thought Experiment: The New Testament as Political Manifesto
The Idolatry of the Nation-State
Why "Conservatives" Are "Liberals" in Sheep's Clothing
The Qur'an and the Politics of Muhammad
Basics of the Muhammad Story
An Important Development: Retaliation Permitted
Two Different Stories
The Narrative Logic of the Muhammad Story and the Jesus Story
What the Difference Is Not
Historical Outcomes as Theological Vindication
On the Christian, the Old Testament, and War
The Early Muslims and the Muhammad Story
The Classical Position on War in Islam
But Is It Really?
What to Make of the Parallels?
The Constantine Story and the Christian Just War Tradition
The Rise of Christian War-Making
The Logic and Criteria of the Just War Tradition
But Do We Care?
Crusading for Christ
Why the Crusades Are Not as Historically Irrelevant as We Might Think
Who Defines the "Justice" for Which War Is Rightly Waged?
The Cowboy Museum
Taking Stock
Our Christian Forebears upon the Eastern Shores
Our Christian Forebears beyond the Western Shores
The Western Tradition of Terror
On Possibly (but Perhaps Necessarily) Belaboring a Point
The Birth of "Total War"
"Total War" and the "Good War"
Terrorism bin Laden Style
On '"Moral Equivalency"
Bin Laden's "Moral Equivalency"
Bin Laden's Rationale for Targeting Civilians
Taking Stock
Why "Religion" Is Not (Necessarily) the problem
visiting Abraham's Burial place
The Myth of Religious Violence
America as Savior A Parable
The Oklahoma Bombing, and Why America Can Never Commit Terrorist Acts
Back in Oklahoma City
The Fight for America
Christian Church as Chaplain to America
Making Exceptions for US
On the Sign of Jonah, and the "Clash of Civilizations" Thesis
The Sign of Jonah Selective Discernment Shared Cultural Practices
On Muslim Hospitality
Good Friday
Taking Stock
The Qur'an's Rejection of a Crucified Jesus
Theodicy
Evil as Mundane
A True Story to Live By
The Arab Barbershop, Changing Neighborhoods, and Other Small Exercises in Courage
Notes
Index

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