In the News: Apps, Apologies, Apocalypse and more!

A round-up of the week’s religion news. Continue Reading →

In the News: Passover, Prison, Pop Music , and more!

A round-up of recent religion and media stories in the news. Continue Reading →

The Reformation Will Be Televised: On ISIS, Religious Authority and the Allure of Textual Simplicity

The religious fundamentalism of ISIS is not evidence that Islam needs a Reformation, but that one has already occurred by Suzanne Schneider. Continue Reading →

Discrimination Pays

Got a strong hatred for a faith other than your own?  Forget finding tolerance; find a book agent!  Richard Bartholomew writes today that a new book, Islam is of the Devil, has hit the shelves.  Its opportunistic author, Terry Jones, is pastor of Dove World Outreach in Florida.  Yes, the same church that sponsored, “Burn a Koran Day” last month.  (Read Daniel Schultz’ post for The Revealer on the kind of evangelism that Jones and his church are practicing.)  You could say that Jones knows his audience and has worked to build a platform for selling the book.  The mystery is why they’re buying it.  For some answers, follow our series on Shari’ah here. Continue Reading →

But is it Evangelism?

by Daniel Schultz

A church down in Gainesville is planning to hold an “International Burn A Quran Day” on 9/11, part of its larger “Islam is of the Devil” campaign. The pastor talks about the point of the event in an interview with the Friendly Atheist:

Do you think Muslims will turn to Christ as a result of this?
This is our prayer and desire that they would seriously reexamine their religion. They will then come to the conclusion that Islam is of the devil and Christianity is the only true religion.

Have any of the media reports of this event portrayed you unfairly or inaccurately? Would you like to set the record straight on any particular issue?
We have been accused of being racist. We are not attacking a race. In other words, we are not attacking the Moslem. We love the Moslems and hope that they would come to true salvation. What we are attacking is Islam, the religion, and Sharia law, the political system.

This leads Cathy Lynn Grossman at USAToday’s Faith and Reason blog to ask, “Is it evangelism?”* Continue Reading →