The Other Islam: Who Are the Shia?

Publish Date: 2009 | Volume: 32 | Issue: 02


03 From the Editor
Understanding Islam’s Other Orthodoxy

06 Effective Evangelism
Lighting a Path for a Church Apologetics Ministry

08 The Other Islam: Who Are the Shia?
by Patrick Cate and C. Wayne Mayhall
Today’s Religious Movements: When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad thumbs his nose at the West’s attempts to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions and calls for the State of Israel to be “wiped off the map,” he is boldly applying his devout Shia Muslim faith to international affairs. Who are the Shiites? How do they differ from the more numerous Sunni Muslims? How can they be reached for Christ?

20 Gabriel’s Revelation: A Challenge to Our View of the Resurrection?
by Craig J. Hazen
Biblical Apologetics: In July of 2008 the news media widely reported the discovery of a large first-century stone tablet that, according to some scholars, disproves the originality of Christian belief in a suffering and dying messiah who rises on the third day. Might this claim be true and, if so, does it threaten Christian faith?

28 Immanuel Kant: Is God with Us or beyond Us?
by Robert Velarde
Philosophical Apologetics: In the latest installment of the JOURNAL’s Philosophers Series, the eminently important but also eminently abstruse philosophy of Emmanuel Kant is made accessible to the nonphilosopher. The relevance of Kant’s thought to Christianity is explained and a basic Christian response to Kant is suggested.

34 When Soulforce Calls: Responding to the Claims and Tactics of a Religious Gay Activist Group
by Joe Dallas
Biblical/Ethical Apologetics: Styling itself as a faith-based civil rights organization and maintaining that the traditional Christian position on homosexuality is wrong, harmful, and must be silenced, the gay advocacy group Soulforce sponsors demonstrations at denominational conventions and churches. Soulforce demands dialogue opportunities with pastors and Christian leaders, but such leaders should read this article before accepting Soulforce’s demands.

44 Reviews
A Summary Critique: Thank God for Evolution and Saving DarwinWhy We’re Not Emergent90 Minutes in Heaven: From Heaven to Earth with a Story That Sells…10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn’t HelpReasonable Faith: Twenty-Five Years of Seasoned Apologetics Work

50 Practical Hermeneutics
Do James and Paul Contradict Concerning Grace?

52 Viewpoint
Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics

54 Ask Hank
What Is Sin?