Why is the story of Abraham offering Isaac important for Christians?

At our most recent Muslim-Christian dialogue, we considered the significance – and the divergent points – of the story of Abraham offering Isaac (or, for the Muslims, Ibrahim offering Ismail). Our Muslim friends had just celebrated Eid al-Adha, making it relevant.

The Christian presentation focused on the themes of faith and substitution:

The Muslim presentation focused on the theme of sacrifice:

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