Islam as Christian Heresy?
must be understood theologically, and addressed as both a theological and practical challenge." After all, he notes, "the practical problem is obvious. Over a millennium ago, the Middle East and North Africa were Islamicized and Arabicized, and, though medieval Christians withstood Islamâ€™s advance into Europe, Christianity has made scant progress in the Islamic world."
Leithart is convinced that understanding Islam in the way the medieval church understood Islam, as "a Christian heresy or as an apostasy from Christendom", helps answer the question as to *how* Christianity can best address Islam theologically or redemptive-historically. At the very least, this essay helps explain *why* Christ has a place within Islam's own history as well as its monotheism.