A subject like this may have been addressed. Please forgive me (and direct me to the thread) if I’m rehashing old discussion - I’m more familiar with other forums here.
I do talks about a “foundational” approach to apologetics, which is examining the foundation of the belief systems of other faiths to measure them against ours. I’m trying to get more familiar with using this method with the Islam faith. Here’s what I’ve thought of so far in my initial brainstorming before I start researching:
The Koran has the same circular approach to proving inspiration that the Bible does for Protestants in that it’s claims of inspiration, without a teaching church (see tract in CA library), are self-supporting.
The Muslim faith started in the 7th century, dating it at a rather strange place in salvation history, as opposed to the Catholic faith, which can trace its beginning back through several thousand years as the fullfillment of Judaism.
The claims of Muhammed are nearly impossible to substantiate as he supposedly wrote the Koran in isolation in a cave (right), as opposed to the publich ministry of Christ and his resurrection. In other words, Islam has martyrs to the “ideology”, but Christianity has martyrs to the “witness” of the actual facts spoken about in Scripture.
Lastly, this wasn’t a foundational issue, but Muslims, as I know has been discussed in here, seem to have a fondness for Mary, to this is an avenue for approach in discussions.
Any comments on the above or insight to add to my list as I prepare a small talk on the subject for a class in a few weeks? Incidentally, I’d be interested to hear from any Muslims on board these forums if I’ve misrepresented what you believe or if you have an answer to the above - I don’t want to be intentionally ignorant when I discuss these things and value hearing the other side (am currently reading Muslim literature online for that perspective).
Thanks in advance.