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CSM – Fall Introduction
Biblical Worldview Series
ISLAM, HINDUISM & ANIMISM – Dr. Ron Carlson: “World Religions: What makes Jesus Unique?”
ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW (Qur’an, Hadith, Sunnah)
 Theology = Theism (Unitarian)
 Philosophy = Supernaturalism (Faith and Reason)
 Ethics = Moral Absolutes
 Biology = Creationism
 Psychology = Dualism (Mind & Body) un-fallen
 Sociology = Polygamy, Mosque and Islamic State
 Law = Shari’ah
 Politics = Islamic Theocracy (Global Islam)
 Economics = Stewardship of Property
 History = Jihad
Six Beliefs of Islam
1. God – there is one true God, named Allah
2. Angels – they are the servants of God, through whom He reveals His will. The greatest angel
is Gabriel, who appeared to Muhammad.
3. The Prophets – Allah has spoken through many prophets, but the final and greatest of these
is Muhammad. Other prophets include Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus
4. Holy Books – Qur’an is the holiest book. Contains 114 chapters or Suras.
5. Day of Judgment – your good or bad deeds will determine your fate
6. Decree of God – Allah ordains the fate of all.
Five Pillars of Islam
1. Affirmation (Shahada) – “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”
2. Prayer (As-Salah) – 5x daily kneeling and facing Mecca
3. Almsgiving (Zakah) – 2.5% income to the poor
4. The Fast (Siyam) – Fast from dawn to dusk everyday during the ninth month of the Islamic
lunar calendar, RAMADAN, which is sacred.
5. The Pilgrimage (Al-Hajj) – Expected to journey to Mecca at least once during their lifetime
What Makes Christianity Unique?
 Basic concept of god within Hinduism is known as
Hinduism teaches that everything in the universe is
According to Dr. Carlson, most of the problems in the world are not merely political or economic
they are basic
problems and how one views
is the god of Islam and
In the Qur’an god is a god of sheer
is their prophet.
producing a fatalistic outlook.
What Makes Christianity Unique? (continued …)
Why does a Muslim pray 5x per day? How does this practice fit with Biblical Christianity?
For Muslims, Muhammad is the
example of how Islam should be lived
Animism is the belief that spirits
or indwell nature.
According to Dr. Ron Carlson, where does humanity get their desire to know God?
Romans 5:8 … how did God prove His love for us?
Luke 19:10, John 3:16-17 and Ephesians 2:8-9 all tell us that Jesus came to do what?
How does Acts 4:12 fit with other worldview(s) regarding the exclusivity of Jesus Christ?