Author(s): Tony Payne
For many of us, it doesn’t seem so long ago that Islam was a remote subject, barely touching our lives. Now hardly a day goes past when someone isn’t talking about it in the media, or in our parliaments, or over the watercooler at work.
Much of that talk goes in one of two direc-ons. Some want to blame Islam in general for the violence and atroci-es being committed in its name (which hardly seems fair). Others insist that Islamic State and other Islamic terrorist groups have nothing whatsoever to do with Islam (which strikes many as being implausible).
Are these our only two options in talking about Islam—to blame it or to absolve it?
In this short book written from a Chris-an viewpoint, Tony Payne argues that there is an honest and constructive way to talk together about Islam. It begins with a better understanding not only of Islam, but also of the modern secular worldview that makes talking about any sort of faith so difficult.
Tony Payne is a graduate of Moore Theological College in Sydney, and has worked as a writer and editor at Mathias Media for over 25 years. He is the author of many books, bible studies and other resources, including The Trellis and the Vine, The Course of Your Life, Guidance the Voice of God, and Islam in Our Backyard.
Tony is also the Director for the Centre for Chris-an Living (CCL) at Moore Theological College, and the content for this book was first presented at a CCL seminar.
1. Rash words
2. Why don’t secular humanists want to talk?
3. Understanding Islam
4. How to talk about Islam