Islamic Worldview Analysis

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW ANALYSIS

A PAPER SUBMITTED TO JEFFREY ROBINSON IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE APOL 500

LIBERTY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

BY JUSTIN HARTPENCE

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2012

Table of Contents
Introduction
 ..............................................................................................................................  3
  Islamic
 Worldview
 ..................................................................................................................  4
 
The
 Quran
 ............................................................................................................................................  4
  Allah
 .......................................................................................................................................................  4
  Humanity
 .............................................................................................................................................  5
  Soteriology
 ..........................................................................................................................................  6
 

Critique
 of
 the
 Islamic
 Worldview
 .....................................................................................  7
 
The
 Quran
 ............................................................................................................................................  7
  Allah
 .......................................................................................................................................................  8
 

Reaching
 the
 Islamic
 Worldview
 ........................................................................................  9
 
Barriers
 ................................................................................................................................................  9
  Presentation
 ....................................................................................................................................  10
 

Conclusion
 ...............................................................................................................................  11
  Bibliography
 ...........................................................................................................................  12
 

Introduction
As the religion claiming the second highest number of adherents in the world, approximately 1.8 billion, Islam is a force that must be reckoned with for the Christian apologist.1 Before outlining the Islamic worldview the issue of how Islam views itself must be addressed for proper context. According to Sayyid Qutb, one of the most distinguished recent Muslim writers, “when Islam came the world was full of accumulated debris: beliefs, concepts, philosophies, myths, [etc.]… Truth was mixed with falsehood…”2 It is the view of Islam that while man began with the truth of Allah, he corrupted it, and Islam has come to correct the corruption. This is especially evident in their view of Judaism and Christianity; to whom, they believe, Allah first delivered the message of monotheism. Qutb asserts that, “Judaism…was polluted with pagan concepts as well as racial arrogance,” and “Christianity was no better…it was even worse.”3 Islam, as with most cults that arise, in light of this foundational principle must therefore downplay what had come prior and opine new revelation.

“Major Religions of the WorldRanked By Number of Adherents,” http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html (accessed February 23, 2012). 2 Sayyid Qutb, Basic Principles of Islamic Worldview (Islamic Pubns Intl, 2006-05-15)., vii, 19. 3 Ibid, 21 & 27.

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Islamic Worldview
The Quran
“The Quran is the central theophany of Islam, the...
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