Understanding Islamic eschatology

Thank you, Dr. Furnish, for your February story, “Dueling Messiahs,” explaining the Islamic belief of Mahdism, and for showing how this belief influences politics in the Middle East. You have shown how important it is for Christians to understand the beliefs of Islam so that we can (1) be on guard against a foolish naiveté that thinks Muslims understand church and state the way we do, and, more important, so that we can (2) understand how hopeful it is to share the good news of Jesus with Muslims, whose understanding of Christianity may be as lacking as our understanding of Islam.

Thank you for devoting yourself to this important task. May more of us do the same.

Mary Loy
Bolivar, Mo.


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