Robert Moore is a current MAT student with an emphasis in Islamic Studies
Why did you choose this class?
I chose to take the Introduction to Islam class because I am extremely interested in apologetics. In fact, I am a middle school teacher at a private Christian school and teach Bible and Apologetics. I met Dr Tieszen (the professor for MR550), when he was assisting my Greek and Preaching professor, Peter Rodgers. I was extremely interested in his education and experiences, so when I saw the class, it seemed like a great opportunity to learn more about the Islamic faith, people, and culture.
What have you enjoyed the most about this class so far?
Tonight was the second night of class, and so far it has been very interesting. The reading material for the class is very good. I began reading before the first class and began to sense that the author of one book seemed to be Islamic, or at least supportive of Islam as a faith. The first night of class, Dr Tieszen explained that we had to read and participate as best as possible with an open mind. It was important to at least read and begin to understand what draws people to the Islamic religion. That has opened up the reading and discussion, and for me in the long run, hopefully it will open up apologetic discussions for me in the future.
What do you hope this class will equip you for?
What I am hoping this class will equip me for is threefold: First, I want to learn more about the Islamic faith, so I can teach my students about it with a much stronger understanding than what we often get from Christian perspective books written on the topic. Secondly, I want to better understand the faith system of Islam, including its history and traditions to prepare me for apologetic work in whatever capacity God chooses to use me. And thirdly, I have decided to change my emphasis to Islamic Studies! Read more about "Introduction to Islam"