Louisville, Kentucky—A new book from Presbyterian pastor Ben Daniel addresses the many negative stereotypes about Islam in an attempt to demystify the religion for North American Christians. In The Search for Truth about Islam: A Christian Pastor Separates Fact from Fiction (Westminster John Knox Press), Daniel provides a basic introduction to the Islamic religion for readers with little background knowledge—including its history, culture, and beliefs—drawing on his personal interviews with prominent Muslim figures in the United States and Jerusalem. Daniel also examines the misconceptions about Islamic teachings relating to violence and the treatment of women, pointing to examples from Christian scripture and history that might suggest to an outsider that Christianity is violent or misogynistic. Daniel concludes with hope for interfaith cooperation in the growing interconnectedness between Christianity and Islam.
Ben Daniel is Pastor of Foothill Presbyterian Church in San José, California. His previous book, Neighbor: Christian Encounters with “Illegal” Immigration, was named the Religion Book of the Year by ForeWord Reviews.
Advance praise for The Search for Truth about Islam:
“Those looking for a basic introduction and a refutation of common stereotypes will welcome Daniel’s straightforward prose and friendly, approachable tone.”
“American readers would do well to join Ben Daniel on his journeys visiting Muslims here in the U.S. and those in the Middle East. This devoted Presbyterian minister confronts history and myth; he guides us through enlightening readings of the Qur'an and the Bible. The Search for Truth about Islam gives us hope for making peace.”
—Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Fifth Book of Peace and editor of Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace
“If you want to know the truth about Islam, be you Christian, Muslim or something else altogether, read this book. Daniel is more than just a Christian pastor counseling on 9/11. He is a brave, spiritual journeyman with a mighty pen.”
—Asma Gull Hasan, author of Red, White, and Muslim: My Story of Belief and American Muslims: The New Generation
“A beautifully written corrective to fears about Islam. This book deserves wide readership among Christians and Muslims.”
—J. Philip Wogaman, former Professor of Christian Ethics, Wesley Theological Seminary, and author of Christian Ethics, Second Edition: A Historical Introduction