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By Badru D. Kateregga

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims and Christians are pals and worship an identical God. but they seldom witness to one another, and the problems they care for are profound. instead of an adverse interplay, Badru D. Kateregga and David W. Shenk pioneer one other way--that of real discussion among neighbors.

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That is why God sent His prophets and messengers to help man achieve perfection. Through the prophets, God has repeatedly reminded man of the Law of God. The First Muslims It is the Muslim witness that Adam, Allah's first khalifa on earth and the first man in creation, was also the first Prophet sent for the guidance of mankind. Prophecy begins with the first man. The first man on earth is given clear guidance and a law to follow and to pass on to his descendants. This law was and still is "Islam," submission to Allah.

Muslim scholars are not fully agreed what the meaning is of man as the khalifa (vicegerent) of God, or of receiving the spirit of God. Some modern Muslim scholars believe that the Qur'anic evidence suggests that man has a certain Godlikeness. But the orthodox belief is that man has no Godlikeness. God breathing into man His (God's) spirit is explained by some scholars as the faculty of Godlike knowledge and will, which if rightly used gives man superiority over all creation. However, this is not to make God into man, for God is absolutely transcendent.

The Lord God is One 115 A Muslim Response 14. The Creation 122 A Muslim Response 15. Adam and Eve 129 A Muslim Response 16. Sin and Evil 135 A Muslim Response 17. The Word of God 142 A Muslim Response 18. The Prophets in History 152 A Muslim Response 19. Jesus the Messiah 156 A Muslim Response 20. Salvation 168 A Muslim Response 21. The Church 177 A Muslim Response 22. Worship and Fellowship 184 A Muslim Response 23. Right Conduct 190 A Muslim Response 24. The Mission of the Church 198 A Muslim Response Conclusion 205 Glossary 208 Select Bibliography 216 The Authors 219 Page 9 FOREWORD I As a Muslim it would be unreal for me not to be impressed by the bravery of two authors who write with honesty, tolerance, courtesy, and politeness on the fundamental matters of Islam and Christianity.

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