Would someone please share good literature titles to evangelize a Muslim neighbor?
I have been searching for a good Catholic apologetic resource to give to a Muslim neighbor for a number of YEARS without any good luck.
Most of the English material available explains the faith by explaining the fallacy of Protestantism. The problem is a Muslim has not already accepted the veracity of the Bible at all!
A Muslim needs a convincing argument made for the truth of sacred Tradition of the Catholic Church made without already assuming the Bible is true.
A Muslim certainly does not need the arguments an atheist would need, nor a protestant. He already accepts a God, and so the focus needs to be on why the Church is profoundly true. The Catholic literature regarding Mohammedanism is good but unsuitable since it deals mostly with criticisms of Islam. I feel he needs the case for Catholicism to be first expounded independent of the fallacies of Islam.
He is intelligent and so any pamphlet, book, DVD, Father of the Church website to print etc. would be suitable. Unfortunately there seems to be a profound scarcity of materials suited for proclaiming the truth of our Lord Christ to Muslims.
After moving in next to him, I was promptly given excellent literature proclaiming the truth of Islam. It was very nicely produced (of a much higher intellectual appeal and logic than the Mormon propaganda). It quite resoundingly echoed Aristotle’s 5 proofs of God and echoed Humani Generis on evolution. I was VERY impressed with the presentation. Many full length color CDs and booklets. If not blessed (and aware of) the richness of the Catholic Faith, I am sure it would appeal to MANY PEOPLE. I found it disheartening that I could not find a resource that made an appeal to someone who believed in (one) God , but not the Bible.
I was glad to reciprocate (and of reminded of the courteousness in Arabian Nights or the chivalrous exchanges during the crusades). I was more delighted that I had the occasion to proclaim the Faith, and promptly looked for something to give him when I ran into all the problems mentioned above! This raised red alarms for me that Catholics are lacking in this area of proclaiming the Faith for what suits actually most people in our post-Protestant time. They believe vaguely in an indistinct God, and have never heard the case for true Christianity (Catholicism). What miracles of conversion could we expect if we but gave them the outstanding case for our love of Christ? Well just because we have not had good luck in the past does not mean we can give up. St. Francis’s did not and his life was defended by a Sultan while proclaiming Christ crucified! What does it say if we are not drenching the world in the clear case for Christ?
I will give my Muslim neighbor a Christmas gift this year- and all I have so far to explain the Faith is the entire Summa Theologica, which is bound to overwhelm without a more concise explanation in addition. Fulton Sheen’s Catholic Catechism talks are well-suited also, but are too long to be concise.
Would you be kind enough to recommend something I can give that would proclaim the Faith to someone who believes in God but not the Bible? If it contains some refutation of Islam that is OK so long as it hits only the high points (no proof that Islam is from God etc, and does not disparage Mohammed’s character although I know it is a tempting target).
Thanks for your help!