Dr. Jerald Dirks was a Reverend/Deacon at United Methodist Church. He holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from Harvard University and a. Dr. Jerald F. Dirks received his Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) from Harvard College in , his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in , his. In this book, the author touches the lives of those Christians who have not been given the knowledge the author have gained both about Islam, from his direct.

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For you granted him authority over all jeeald that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him…And now, Fatherglorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Further, I rationalized my hesitation by maintaining to myself that I really didn’t know the nitty-gritty details of Islam, and that my areas of agreement were confined to general concepts.

Metsu’s magic ride ends — International Herald Tribune”. It is known, however, that kissing the Black Stone signifies respect for it, recognition of our obligation toward it, and using it as a means of seeking Allah’s blessings. It was now March ofand my wife and I were enjoying a five-week vacation in the Middle East.

However, occasionally I would run a very circumscribed question past one of them. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The word was out of my mouth before it could be modified by any social etiquette or politeness: We were the only three people there. Be politeand welcoming to new users Assume good faith Avoid personal attacks For disputes, seek dispute resolution Article policies. However, I also knew that the key to maintaining that abstinence over jeralc extended time period was overcoming the client’s psychological addiction, which was heavily grounded in the client’s basic sense of identity, i.

It may be compared with the command to Iblis to bow to Adam. Idi Amin’s father was a convert to Muhammadism in Begotten not made, consubstantial to the Father, by whom all things were made. This war was jeradl removed from the ones presumably fought by some later televangelists in unsuccessfully trying to maintain personal sexual morality. Two out of every three marriages ended in divorce; violence was becoming rirks increasingly inherent part of our schools and our roads; self-responsibility was on the wane; self-discipline was being submerged by a “if it feels good, do it” morality; various Christian leaders and institutions were being swamped by sexual and financial scandals; and emotions justified behavior, however odious it might be.


Perhaps, the readers of this will be kind enough to note the psychological games I was playing with myself without chuckling too hard at my mental gymnastics and behavior. On a professional basis, I had the above knowledge, and used it on a daily basis. I wasn’t some strange, atypical Christian.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. One of the questions had to do with religious affiliation. Before the 20th century”. Although we had occasionally talked superficially about such issues as the artificial construction of the Bible from various, earlier, independent sources, we had never had any in-depth conversation about religion. In light of this is Dirks willing to admit that Muhammad was a false prophet since he affirmed the virgin birth and allowed his followers to eat various kinds of meats?

You may wish to ask factual questions about List of converts to Islam from Christianity at the Reference deskdiscuss relevant Wikipedia policy at the Village pumpor ask for help at the Help desk. If you were asking me whether I believe that there is only one God, then my answer is yes.

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As the years passed by, I became increasingly concerned about the loss of religiousness in American society at large. It was their label, and not mine. Archived from the original PDF on July 9, The alleged source does not mention the conversion of Idi Amin to anything. This means that Eirks must be Allah since he can do what Allah does such as create and give life! Diks was simply a Christian, albeit an atypical Christian, who was willing to say that there was one God, not a triune godhead, and who was willing to say that Muhammad was one of the prophets inspired by that one God.


The Cross and the Crescent

Views Read Edit New section View history. The religious label that had been stuck to my sense of identity for 43 years was not going to come off easily. Or eyes to see with? As Mark Twain once said: This is coming from a man who is hailed by Muslims as a scholar of Christian theology, one who was a former United Methodist minister deacon to be more exact and a graduate from Harvard!

The fact is that Islam does not promote a strict and uncompromising monotheism since it is laden with idolatrous practices and pagan influences, as we are about to see.

Muslim has reported on the authority of Abu Tufail that he said: Author of “The Cross and the Crescent: However, I was also a Christian: WikiProject Islam Islam-related articles. And mention in the Book Mary when she withdrew from her people to an eastern place, and she took a veil apart from them; then We sent unto her Our Spirit Ruhana that presented himself to her a ddirks without fault. One would expect that someone who has spent much time lecturing and writing books discussing the differences between Islam and the Judeo-Christian faith would jerxld more cautious in making such statements.

Here are some quotes from the so-called Gospel of the Ebionites which helps to put this in perspective:.

Jerald F. Dirks (Author of Muslims in American History)

By age 17, when I began my freshman year at Harvard Collegemy decision to enter the ministry had solidified. Over the next 16 months, contact with Jamal slowly increased in frequency, until it was jrald on a biweekly to weekly basis. It was at this juncture that I began to come into contact with the local Muslim community. At that precise moment in time, I was fully and completely trapped.