It is good to learn about people of other religions, but we must be careful that we don’t only learn about other religions from teachers in our own religion. Yes, I can learn things about Islam from other Christians, but if I am really going to learn about Islam it is essential that I also learn from Muslims.
It is this conviction that prompted me to contact Svend White a few weeks ago. He is a Muslim American who blogs at Akram’s Razor (it’s on my blogroll to the right). I asked him if he would be willing to write an essay called, “What is a Muslim?” that I would post on my blog and if he would post an essay I write called, “What is a Christian?” on his blog. This way his readers would hear from a Christian and my readers would hear from a Muslim. Perhaps there would even be some overlap so that some would become readers of both (wouldn’t that be great!).
He hasn’t been able to finish his essay yet, but as soon as he does I will post it here. Over the weekend he posted my essay, “What is a Christian?” Check it out and say hello to Svend.