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The relationship between Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Their theologies mean Judaism and Islam are much closer to each other than either is to Christianity.


Delivered 10 February 2020. Posted 8 March 2020.

I regularly speak to teenage school pupils, arranged by the charity Speakers for Schools.

Last month Stockport Academy asked me speak about the relationship between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. I recorded my 26-minute presentation, and it is below along with my responses in the question and answer session, along with some links for further reading.


Presentation outline

Video of my presentation

Links for further reading

In the presentation I mention my document "Triangulating the Abraham Faiths" which I wrote in 2010. However the content was slimmed down and simplified to be accessible to teenage pupils.

I have reviewed several of the books mentioned in the bibliography.

“The Qur’an – a new translation" by MAS Abdel Haleem

"The Study Quran - A New Translation and Commentary" - Edited by Seyyed Hossain Nasr

“In The Shadow Of The Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World” by Tom Holland

"Islam – Past Present and Future" by Hans Kung


How the presentation was recorded

My first presentation recording was done on the spur of the moment, just putting my iPhone 6 on the table and relying on its built in microphone. See my page Lecture: The Quran recognises religious freedom.

Once I found recording presentations worthwhile, I purchased a high quality Sennheiser digital lapel microphone which plugs into the lightning port of my iPhone. That produces a much better recording.

The slides

I am happy to share the original PowerPoint slide presentation.

A partial transcript of the question and answer session

The question and answer session was also recorded. However, I am not publishing the full audio recording for two main reasons:

  1. While the sound quality of my responses is very clear, the questioners were some distance from the microphone. Accordingly, in many cases their questions are almost inaudible.
  2. I respect the privacy of those asking the questions. I do not have their written consent to publish their recordings. In many cases, I do not even know who they were, so cannot seek permission.

Instead, I have listened to the Q&A session and, where I regard the questions as being worth sharing, have written down a condensed version of the questions. I have then published the audio of my answers.

1. How similar are the three holy texts?

Recording of my 2-minute answer

2. Why is there so much tension between different religions?

In my answer, I mention the book "Jerusalem: The Biography" by Simon Sebag Montefiore.

Recording of my 2-minute answer

3. What are the most important sites in the three religions and why?

Recording of my 2-minute answer

4. Do all Muslims worship in the same way?

Recording of my 30-second answer


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