How are Islam and Christianity similar in the area of the transcendence of God, and how do they differ? This book investigates the significant similarities and differences of the transcendence of God in the Bible and the Qur’an through the corresponding accounts of God’s relationships with Adam, Abraham, and Moses. Selected passages in both Scriptures are used in exegesis as examples to determine what constitutes the different aspects of theology and practice in Christianity and Islam.
Based on the exegesis of the corresponding episodes of the two Scriptures with regard to the transcendence of God, the author proposes a number of the major reasons behind the differences between Christian and Muslim theologies and practices and their implications for promoting better Christian-Muslim relations. In his conclusion, the author summarizes and suggests implications and solutions to the Christian-Muslim conflicts.
Stephen M. Kim has been actively involved in Maasai and Somali Muslim church-based community development in Somalia and Kenya for the past 30 years. He holds an MA in Bible Exposition and Theology from the Nairobi International School of Theology (now called the International Leadership University) in Kenya, an MTh in Old Testament from the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the USA, and a Ph.D. in Biblical and Religious Studies from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Stephen is currently teaching at ILU in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies, where he has been teaching Old Testament, Hebrew language courses and Exegesis, Worldview, and Islam since 2004.