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The relationship between Judaism, Christianity and Islam - March 2022 version

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


Presented 30 March 2022. Posted 22 February 2023

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

One of the last talks I gave before the coronavirus pandemic was in February 2020 when Stockport Academy asked me talk about the relationship between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

In March 2022 a Roman Catholic school in Liverpool, Savio Salesian College, asked me to talk about the same subject. You can watch my updated talk below. I have noticed that it was four minutes shorter than the 2020 version!


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. The last book of the Old Testament, “Daniel”, contains predictions about the future, and so does the New Testament. What predictions does the Quran make about the future?

Recording of my 1-minute answer

2. Is the fact that the Old and New Testaments make predictions abut the future, but the Quran doesn’t, a major difference between Judaism & Christianity v Islam?

Recording of my 1-minute answer

3. Various historical figures such as King David and King Hezekiah are mentioned in the Old Testament. How much historical evidence is there for the history of Islam?

Recording of my 3-minute answer

4. How long did it take you to read the Bible?

Recording of my 30-second answer

5. How do you manage to look so young at the age of 71?

When I speak at schools, the questions are never limited to the official topic!

During my answer, I explain how stress in organisations is much worse near the bottom than it is near the top.

Recording of my 90-second answer

6. Can you give some examples of how interfaith dialogue has benefited communities?

I talked about what happened in Britain after the 7 July 2005 London Bombings.

Recording of my 2-minute answer

7. When you go into a mosque, do you have to take your shoes off?

I explain the shortcomings of the design of many early British mosques.

Recording of my 1-minute answer

8. You did a maths degree at university. How did the jump from that to presenting about religion happen?

I explained my career history.

Recording of my 1-minute answer

9. You have a science background. Has there ever been a conflict between your faith and your views from science?

During my answer, I recommend reading my article “Why science ignores God” and also cover how religious believers should think about evolution, as set out in my article “The theory of evolution and religious texts.”

Recording of my 2-minute answer


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