Book Review: “Allah, a Christian Response”
Miroslav Volf from Yale pushes for fusion of Christianity and Islam
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:20-23
The book “Allah, a Christian Response” by Miroslav Volf, is a product of a whole series of events concerning Christianity and Islam. Before we will delve into Volf’s book we need to investigate the surrounding events, which led to its publication.
So let’s start with the beginning. A Danish cartoonist offended the Islamic world by what he published in different European newspapers. The result was Muslim riots all over the world. Pope Benedict XVI addressed the issue of rioting in 2006, when he visited Germany. In his lecture at Regensburg University, he reminded the audience of forced conversions practiced by Muslims in the past.
More protests came after the Pope’s speech. Then a few months later, a group of Muslim clerics wrote to Benedict XVI a letter called “Open Letter to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI” in which they denied what the Pope said in his address at Regensburg. Exactly one year after the open letter was issued to the Pope, a group of 138 Muslim clerics sent out a document to Christians called “A Common Word Between Us and You”. The declared intention was reconciliation between Muslims and Christians, but the real intent was reconciliation in Islamic terms. When Muslims use the phrase “A common word between us and you” they apply a Koranic verse calling Christians to give up on the deity of Christ and the Trinity, and worship God in a Koranic way; thus Christians would become Muslims.
In the midst of these complex developments, Miroslav Volf, a Croatian by origin, and a professor of theology at Yale University, took the initiative to establish what is called the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. The roles of this organization are ecumenism and the promotion of Islamic ideas.
The Yale Center for Faith and Culture issued a document called “A Christian Response to a Common Word Between Us and You”. The one who drafted the document was again Miroslav Volf. The “Yale Christian Response” is an abdication of the Christian faith in response to Muslim demands expressed in the “Common Word”. The second part of the “Yale Christian Response” is a collection of signatures in agreement with the content of the document. Approximately 300 Christian leaders signed this document, among whom are Rick Warren and David Neff, editor in chief at Christianity Today.
M. Volf knew that “Yale Christian Response” did not have any ideological background, therefore he wrote the book, Allah a Christian Response. His work is a desperate attempt to bend Christian theology to Muslim expectations. Nevertheless, he did not succeed; instead, he affirmed his allegiance to Chrislam.
There are two attached documents. The first one is titled “Miroslav Volf Pushes for Fusion of Christianity and Islam”. It analyzes the conditions which led to the publication of Volf’s book. The second attachment is the review of Volf’s book, Allah, a Christian Response.