Thursday, December 17, 2015

Jesus and the Jihadis by Craig A. Evans and Jeremiah J. Johnston

We've seen the videos (or at least heard of them). What makes ISIS behave the way they do? Evans and Johnston say the West has an inadequate understanding of the world's second most populous religion. They have written this book to help us know what we need to know.

The book starts out with some disturbing information. ISIS is the richest terrorist group in the world, taking in some $3 million a day from the oil fields they control. It is financially self-sustaining.

The authors also enlighten readers about the subjugation of the Kafir (non-Muslim, infidel, unbeliever). According to the Qur'an, Hadith, and Sira, the Kafir has no human rights. So any non-Muslim can be raped, killed, etc. The authors argue that one cannot understand the behavior of ISIS without understanding the theology of Islam.

The authors want readers to notice the difference between Christianity and Islam. They give biblical background on Israel, the reality of Jesus, and the birth of the church. They show the differences in the teachings of Jesus and Muhammad. They review the attitude of ISIS toward history and antiquities, the use of social media to enlist western youth, and their frightening eschatology.

Ignoring ISIS is not longer an option, Evans and Johnston write. Radical Islam will not go away anytime soon.

I recommend this book for those desiring to understand the theology and behavior of radical Muslims. Potential readers should be aware that this is not a definitive work. It is written by two Christians and aims to show the stark difference between the teachings of Jesus and Muhammad.

Food for thought: “Islamic aggression is a threat not only to Christendom, but also against Western civilization itself.” (145)

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Craig A. Evans received his PhD in New Testament from Claremont Graduate University. He and his wife live in Kentville, Nova Scotia. They have two grown daughters and a grandson.
Jeremiah J. Johnston received his PhD from Middlesex University (UK). He currently serves as the founder and president of Christian Thinkers Society, a resident institute at Houston Baptist University where he also serves as an associate professor in the School of Christian Thought. You can find out more at

Destiny Image, 176 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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