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Kresta in the Afternoon – August 30, 2021 – Hour 2

David Pinault explains “the Crucifix on Mecca’s front porch.”

How an Understanding of Islam Helps us Understand our own Faith 

Many modern secular thinkers, in an effort to criticize religion and belief in God, claim that all religions are essentially the same. This is, of course, preposterous and it only takes a basic understanding of what the different religions profess to see they are not at all the same. But understanding the similarities and differences is essential, both in strengthening our own faith and achieving dialogue with others. David Pinault joins us once again with a look at Islam and its connections to Christianity.

David Pinault is the author of The Crucifix on Mecca’s Front Porch and Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, where he directs the Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies program.

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