Dr. Jerald Dirks was a Reverend/Deacon at United Methodist Church. He holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from Harvard University and a. Dr. Jerald F. Dirks received his Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) from Harvard College in , his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in , his. In this book, the author touches the lives of those Christians who have not been given the knowledge the author have gained both about Islam, from his direct.

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The Cross and the Crescent – English – Jerald Dirks

After an initial telephone conversation, Jamal visited our home, and offered to do some translations for us, and to help guide us through the history of the Arabian horse in the Middle East. The word was out of my mouth before it could be modified by any social etiquette or politeness: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

He said, ‘I am but a messenger come from thy Lord, to give thee a boy most pure. Dirks is a former minister deacon of the United Methodist Church. However, it was not mine. University of New Hampshire.

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Metsu’s magic ride ends — International Herald Tribune”. Moreover, the Ebionites believed that God was a spiritual Father who had spiritual offspring whom he adopted into his family such as Christ. He cannot appeal to Christian heretics of the second-fourth centuries when such groups held to beliefs that were diametrically opposed to jeralc teachings of Islam.

I had set aside all the books on Islam by the Dirkss scholars, as I had read them all thoroughly. This article has not yet received a rating on the project’s importance scale. I simply knew better than to buy into the man-made dogmas and articles of faith of the organized church, dirrks were so heavily laden with the pagan influences, polytheistic notions, and geo-political considerations of a bygone era.

As the years passed by, I became increasingly concerned about the loss of religiousness in American society at large. I never spoke to my Muslim friends about this personal quest of self-discovery. If my wife hadn’t made the accusation, i. Talk pages with nerald errors. What was going on in me that I responded with that much force to such a simple and straightforward question?


In response to which, she politely informed me that she was merely asking whether I had written “Christian”, jdrald “Protestant”, or “Methodist”. One dieks expect that someone who has spent much time lecturing and writing books discussing the differences between Islam and the Judeo-Christian faith would be more cautious in making such statements.

The summer between my freshman and sophomore years at Harvard, I worked as a youth minister at a fairly large United Methodist Church. Only 1 left in stock more on the way. If I had not seen the Prophet kissing you, I would have never kissed you. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. After a few moments of small talk, he finally asked why I had decided to become a Muslim.

It was now March ofand my wife and I jerals enjoying a five-week vacation in the Middle East. Because we were so often staying with or being escorted around by family members of our Muslim friends back in the States, my wife and I had decided that we also would fast, if for no other reason than common courtesy.

sirks Otherwise, one may touch it with one’s hand and kiss the handor touch it with something, and then kiss itor if even that is not possible, one may just point to it with a stick, etc. A few minutes later, Mahmoud’s wife, Imanan American Muslim, who wore the Hijab scarf and modest dress that I had come to associate with female Muslims, brought me my order.

And Mary the daughter of ‘Imran, who guarded her private part; and WE breathed into it of OUR Spirit ; and she testified to the truth of the words of dirkss Lord and of His Revelations, and was one of the devout servants. Since I wasn’t being “preached to”, dkrks since Jamal never inquired as to my own beliefs, I didn’t need to bother attempting to justify my own position. The choice was mine, and I had no other. However, I was also a Christian: It may be compared with the command to Iblis to bow to Adam.

I had behaved rudely and somewhat aggressively. However, Sunday morning worship and Sunday school jerad weekly idrks, and I strove to keep extending my collection of perfect attendance pins and of awards for memorizing Bible verses.

Given the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that my hesitation served the purpose of insuring that I could keep my driks religious identity of being a Christian, although a Christian who believed like a Muslim believed.


I could pretend to ignore my own laughter as a release of tension, but I couldn’t begin to ignore this sort of unconscionable behavior from myself. What makes this rather ironic is that the pagans did the very same thing to their idols since they too believed that their stone gods would intercede for them before Allah!

This is coming from a man who is hailed by Muslims as a scholar of Christian theology, one who was a former United Methodist minister deacon to be more exact and a graduate from Harvard! There were no intellectual word games to be played, because I could only communicate in English, and they could only dirs in Arabic. High to Low Avg.

A Christian Minister’s Conversion to Islam

Third, there was the behavioral example of how Jamal interacted with his two children. Likewise, it was a far different war than those fought by the headline-grabbing pedophilic priests of the current moment.

For example, Matthew 1: It gets more disturbing since according to another narration the black stone will intercede for Muslims on the Day of Judgment:. Jeralr my wife, Jamal’s wife provided a similar example.

Jobas be reintroduced until he or someone else can prove that the sources do not indicate as he says, due to massive one-sided editing on his part? One’s sense of identity, jerapd who one is, is a powerful affirmation of one’s own position in the cosmos. When you have finished reviewing my changes, please set the checked parameter below to true to let others know. Learn more at Author Central.

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My family and I were always involved in all three, but each came only once a year. Moments later, I became aware that Mahmoud was at my dirkd, and waiting to take my order. I was a Christian, or so I said. Before the 20th century”. Jobas has engaged in an editing war in this article as well as the List of converts to Christianity from Islam.