Loving Muslims, While Rejecting Islam
Only one major world religion has a built-in apologetic against Christianity: Islam.
“While I profoundly disagree with Islam,” says Zane Pratt, dean of missions at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, “I love Muslims.”
For 20 years, Pratt lived and ministered the Christian gospel among Muslims in Central Asia. He knows the religion well and is one of the foremost evangelical teachers on Islam. And perhaps the first thing he’d say to Christians about Muslims is, “Don’t be afraid.”
“We Fundamentally Disagree on Essentially Everything”
In our post-9/11 milieu, Pratt finds himself not only combating fear but many popular misconceptions about Islam — one being that Arab and Muslim are the same. They’re not. Most Arabs are Muslims — but not all — and the majority of Muslims are not Arab.
Another misconception he hears is that Christianity and Islam are essentially the same. When someone asserts this, Pratt profoundly disagrees, and…