Much of this work is a summary of, or direct quotes from, the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Koran. While McCabe’s analysis of these texts and their historical background is cogent and absorbing, the often lengthy quotations themselves might frustrate lay readers. The most engaging sections center on McCabe’s own words, such as her succinct and illuminating recounting of the Nicene Creed and the key players involved. For the purposes of this exploration, McCabe treats all of these “revealed” texts as inviolably true and uncorrupted by millenia of translations, limiting the work’s utility for those who favor a more clinical approach to religious history. Others will balk at the premise: treating Mohammed as a true prophet in the Judeo-Christian religion. But her detailed explanation of each tradition is perfect for believers eager to expand their worldview.
While McCabe emphasizes the similarities in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (the sovereignty of God, codes of ethics), in the concluding chapter she acknowledges the immutable differences in the text of the various Revelations. But McCabe’s respectful treatment and analysis of the three religions is interesting on its own as she examines how religious traditions build upon earlier groundwork.
Takeaway: This measured look at the foundational texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam will appeal to believers eager to understand the origins of their faith.
Great for fans of: Ahmed Deedat’s The Choice: Islam and Christianity, David B. Burrell’s Towards a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Theology.
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