Course Description

Christian & Islamic Theological Issues presents a concise 11 hour explanation of these two very different worldviews. Dr. Tavassoli compares the concepts of God, Man, Christ, and the Scriptures in each worldview, and explains how these differences can be confronted when speaking with our Muslim neighbors. Presented from the unique perspective of a former Muslim, this class is sure to reveal an inside look into the theological differences between the two faiths.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Christian & Islamic Theological Issues

  • The Doctrine of the Trinity

  • The Doctrine of Man

  • The Islamic View of Jesus

  • What the Qur’an says about the Trinity

  • Christian Response to the Islamic View of Jesus

  • Islam’s Challenge of the Scriptures

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • Course Syllabus

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Example of an Atonement Category Verse Index

    • Required Reading: Christian and Islamic Theological Issues Course Book

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Required Reading: The Missing Gospels Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities by Darrell L. Bock

    • Required Reading: The Atonement by Rev. Hugh Martin

    • Required Reading: Gospel according to Heretics: Discovering Orthodoxy Through Early Christological Conflicts - David E. Wilhite

    • Reading Assignmente Explanation : RISE Model For Providing Meaningful Feedback

    • Student Community Forum

    • Online Student Library

  • 3

    Section 1.1

  • 4

    Section 1.2

    • The Doctrine of Man Part 1 (Video Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Course Book Reading - "ISLAMIC CONCEPT OF HUMAN NATURE"

    • The Doctrine of Man Part 2 (Video Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Course Book Reading - "JAM' AL-QUR'AN"

    • Required Reading: The Atonement by Rev. Hugh Martin (Chapters 4-5)

  • 5

    Section 1.3

    • Islamic View of Jesus (Video Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Course Book Reading (Various Articles)

    • Course Book Reading (Classic Christian Reading): The Moslem Christ by Samuel Zwemer

    • Required Reading: The Atonement by Rev. Hugh Martin (Chapters 6-7)

  • 6

    Section 1.4

    • Christian Response to the Islamic View of Jesus (Video Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Course Book Reading - "THE DEITY OF JESUS", "100 TRUTHS ABOUT JESUS INDEX"

    • Required Reading: The Atonement by Rev. Hugh Martin (Chapters 8-9)

  • 7

    Section 1.5

    • Islam's Challenge of the Scriptures (Video Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Course Book Reading TAWRAAT (TORAH) AND INJEEL (GOSPEL) ARE NOT CHANGED: SO SAY MUSLIM SOURCES

    • Required Reading: The Atonement by Rev. Hugh Martin (Chapter 10)

  • 8

    SECTION 2: CUTTING EDGE BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM - DR. JOHN GILCHRIST

    • Qur'anic Origins and Sources (Video Lecture) - Dr. John Gilchrist

    • Lecture Application

    • The Testimony of the Qur'an to the Bible (Video Lecture) - Dr. John Gilchrist

    • Lecture Application

    • Sinlessness of the Prophets in Islam (Video Lecture) - Dr. John Gilchrist

    • Lecture Application

    • Required Reading: The Missing Gospels Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities by Darrell L. Bock (Chapters 1-5)

  • 9

    Section 2.1

    • The Crucifixion - Did Jesus Survive the Cross? (Video Lecture) - Dr. John Gilchrist

    • Lecture Application

    • The Pagan Origins of Christianity? (Video Lecture) - Dr. John Gilchrist

    • Lecture Application

    • Required Reading: The Missing Gospels Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities by Darrell L. Bock (Chapters 6-9)

  • 10

    Section 2.2

    • The Atonement God's Final Revelation (Video Lecture) - Dr. John Gilchrist

    • Lecture Application

    • Is Muhammad Foretold in the Bible (Video Lecture) - Dr. John Gilchrist

    • Lecture Application

    • The Influence of Gnosticism on Islam (Video Lecture) - Dr. John Gilchrist

    • Lecture Application

    • Required Reading: The Missing Gospels Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities by Darrell L. Bock (Chapters 10-14)

  • 11

    SECTION 3: THE BIBLE: REVELATION, AUTHORITY AND ISLAMIC DENIAL OF TRUTH - DR. JAMES WHITE

    • Textual Transmission of the New Testament (Video Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Textual Transmission of the New Testament Part 2 (Video Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Textual Transmission of the New Testament Part 3 (Video Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Early Trinitarian Quotes

    • Required Reading: The Gospel according to Heretics: Discovering Orthodoxy Through Early Christological Conflicts - David E. Wilhite

  • 12

    Section 3.1

    • The Canon of Scripture (Video Lecture) - Dr. James White

    • Lecture Application

    • Answering Bible Difficulties (Video Lecture) - Dr. James White

    • Lecture Application

    • When is a gospel not a Gospel? (Video Lecture) - Dr. James White

    • Lecture Application

    • Required Reading: The Gospel according to Heretics: Discovering Orthodoxy Through Early Christological Conflicts - David E. Wilhite

  • 13

    Section 3.2

    • Introduction to Gnosticism (Video Lecture) - Dr. James White

    • Lecture Application

    • Qur'anic Denial of the Crucifixion pt.1 (Video Lecture) - Dr. James White

    • Lecture Application

    • Qur'anic Denial of the Crucifixion pt. 2 (Video Lecture) - Dr. James White

    • Lecture Application

    • Required Reading: The Gospel according to Heretics: Discovering Orthodoxy Through Early Christological Conflicts - David E. Wilhite

  • 14

    SECTION 4: EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT - DR. JOSH McDOWELL

    • The Bible Fact of Fiction Part 1 (Video Lecture) Dr. Josh. McDowell

    • Lecture Application

    • The Bible Fact of Fiction Part 2 (Video Lecture) Dr. Josh. McDowell

    • Lecture Application

    • The Bible Fact of Fiction Part 3 (Video Lecture) Dr. Josh. McDowell

    • Lecture Application

    • Required Reading: The Gospel according to Heretics: Discovering Orthodoxy Through Early Christological Conflicts - David E. Wilhite

  • 15

    Section 4.1

    • Resurrection Factor Part 1 (Video Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Resurrection Factor Part 2 (Video Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Resurrection Factor Part 3 - Video Lecture

    • Lecture Applicaiton

    • Resurrection Factor Part 4 (Video Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Resurrection Factor Part 5 (Video Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Required Reading: The Gospel according to Heretics: Discovering Orthodoxy Through Early Christological Conflicts - David E. Wilhite

  • 16

    13. Evangelism Reports

  • 17

    14. Final Chapter

    • Assigned Reading Assessment

    • Assignment: Turn in a Apologetics Paper

    • Assignment: Essentials of the Faith Bible Verse Index

    • Do you believe in this program?

Instructor

Instructor of MMWU Course #4 Christian and Islamic Theological Issues

Dr. Sasan Tavassoli

Dr. Sasan Tavassoli is a former Shi’ite Muslim from Iran. In 1985, Sasan came to faith in Christ as the result of the ministry of a group of American missionaries while he was living in Europe. Dr. Tavassoli is an ordained minister and has been involved in ministry within the Iranian communities in the US as a teacher and later as a pastor for the past two decades. Since 2006 the main focus of Dr. Tavassoli’s ministry has been teaching on Christian satellite TV. His Farsi broadcasts are aired in Europe, the Middle East and Iran on a regular basis. He also helps to equip the Church of Iran by providing theological education through conferences and seminars. Sasan travels extensively within the US, Europe and the Middle East to preach among Iranian Christians and is extensively involved in leadership training for the growing churches inside Iran. Dr. Tavassoli has also taught courses on Islam and Muslim-Christian relations at numerous seminaries in the United States. He is also the author of Christian Encounters with Iran: Engaging Muslim Thinkers After the Revolution. Dr. Tavassoli has graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary (MA), Columbia Theological Seminary (ThM) and earned his PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK. Sasan and his family live in the USA. A gifted pastor, author and speaker, Sassan is available to conduct TV and radio interviews, speak at churches, youth groups and ministry events.