After the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Muslims became Satanic figures in the eyes of many Westerners and many religious leaders looked upon Islam as an evil religion that promoted terrorism and holy war.
Many Christians and Jews, who had inherited centuries of prejudice against Muslims, caricatured Islam, turning it from a religion of beauty with millions of faithful adherents to an ugly and scabrous form of political militancy.
In his compelling new book, Canadian pastor Brian Brown engages in conciliatory dialogue with Christians, Jews, and Muslims in an attempt to recover the beauty and value of Islam for the West. Noah’s Other Son helps Jews and Christians understand the role that several biblical figures from their own traditions play in Islam. Do Christians know, for example, that Jesus in the Qur’an was speaking about Muhammad when he promised to send an Advocate or Comforter? Who would have imagined that Noah had a rebellious son who refused to get on the ark and drowned? This is amazing news to religious people, in North America at least. What else is there that could help bridge the gulf between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in our time?
There has never been a greater potential for misunderstanding between the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths, as the treacherous situation in which the world now finds itself. Brian Brown examines scriptural characters as a way of seeing Islam in its pure light, without the distortions of history or individual failings. Noah’s Other Son provides an excellent starting point for Christian-Jewish-Muslim dialogue.