Lecture: Islam for Catholics 101

Presenter: Natana J. DeLong-Bas

This presentation covers major themes in Islam, including the role of the Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad, the 5 Pillars, and common beliefs and scriptural ties between Islam and Christianity. Specific attention is given to the status of Jesus and where Muslims and Christians agree and disagree. We also address issues of contemporary concern, including the status of women, Islamic law, jihad—what it is and isn’t—and interfaith dialogue and relations.

The verses that the lecture quotes from the Gospel of John:

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.

Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me. (John 16:12-16, from New International Version)

From King James Version:

I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. (John 16:12-16)

Suggested Reading:

Muhammad as Spirit of Truth: A Christian Testimony Against Islamophobia

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