The early life and education of Dr. Jerald Dirks , a Harvard Hollis scholar and author of the book The Cross and the Crescent, disillusioned by Christianity due the information learned in its School of Theology. /nDr. Jerald F. Dirks holds A.B. and M.Div. degrees from Harvard University and an M.A. and Psy.D. from the University of Denver. He is the author of The Cross and the Crescent, Abraham Friend of God, Understanding Islam A Guide for the Judaeo-Christian Reader, and The Abrahamic Faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Dr. Dirks has lectured widely throughout the United States and Canada on comparative religion and has been interviewed about Islam by several American newspapers and by American, Canadian, and Arabic television stations.