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Islam and Historical Criticism

by Joshua Alexander, RC Chapter Director, Shepherd University 

If one is not a pluralist he/she may be inclined to compare/contrast religions and evaluate them. A pluralist might ask "why?" while others ask, "by what criteria?" Of course, there are various approaches each with there respective standards, one of which is known as the ethical approach. 

The ethical approach is a common and quite justified approach that focuses on the character of Muhammad and the effects Islam has had throughout history, which we see so clearly in many Muslim nations today. If Muhammad were really the prophet of God, and Islam the true religion, then Muhammad’s life should reflect this and Islam should have a just, ethical system that promotes human flourishing.

On Divine Revelation

A Reasonable Criteria

  • 30 September 2015
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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I believe in divine revelation, but I do not accept every sacred book that claims to be such, mainly because they are rationally exclusive.  But I don’t just dismiss them out-of-hand, blindly, I reject them for specific reasons.  Even though they claim to be divine revelation, I put them all through the same grid of reason which is necessary to identify something as revelation. 

What Every Muslim Needs to Know About How We Got the New Testament (Injeel), part 2

From the 4th Century to the King James Version to Modern English Translations

What Every Muslim Needs to Know About How We Got the New Testament (Injeel), part 2

Muslims are taught that the Bible has been corrupted. The King James Bible is often marched out as the origin of the corruption of the English Bibles that we have today. This article explains how the English Bibles we have today are not dependent on the King James Bible. In fact, they are translated from a very ancient source.

Earliest Manuscripts Lead Right to the Door of the Church Fathers

What Every Muslim Needs to Know About How We Got the New Testament (Injeel), part 3

The New Testament did not drop out of heaven. It was authored and published in the same manner as any other book. 2 Pet 1:21 describes how men were carried along by the Holy Spirit like a boat is carried along by the wind. They were not replaced by God but he managed the process. There is no angel whispering in a cave to one person in the Christian view of inspiration. We have multiple attestations with historical veracity of the public deeds and words of Jesus, his apostles, and their followers. We have overwhelming evidence that the 4 gospels, Acts, and 13 epistles of Paul were immediately received, copied and disseminated. This includes Greek copies as well as near immediate translations into other languages.

External and Internal Evidence for the Preservation of the New Testament

What Every Muslim Needs to Know About How We Got the New Testament (Injeel), part 4

External and Internal Evidence for the Preservation of the New Testament
The internal evidence of the NT shows an immediate expectation and acceptance of the writings of the apostles. From the Church Fathers, we can see that the sub-corpus of the 4 gospels and the book of Acts were accepted extremely early and exclusively. The letters of Paul were copied, transmitted, and read across the entire population of Christians including his personal letters and the sub-corpus of Paul’s 13 letters were assembled together. Even heretical and gnostic writings confirm the early existence of the gospels in that it is the gospels that they mimic and never the other way around.
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  • Announcing: The First-Ever Locke and Lewis Faith and Reason Studio Speech Contest (3/17/2020 9:00 AM - 3/21/2020 5:00 PM)
    3/17/2020 9:00 AM - 3/21/2020 5:00 PM

    Announcing: The First-Ever Locke and Lewis Faith and Reason Studio Speech Contest

    — ANNOUNCING —

    The First-Ever John Locke/C.S. Lewis Faith-And-Reason Studio Speech Contest

    Week of March 16 in the CASL Film Studio of UM Dearborn

    First Place = $500

    Second Place = $300

    Third Place = $100

     

    Rules and Details

    1. Contestants must be either students (grad or undergrad), faculty, or staff of UM Dearborn or Henry Ford College.

    2. Most speeches will focus on either of two great English philosophers, John Locke or C.S. Lewis, or both. This is in keeping with the purpose statement of the sponsoring club—The Locke and Lewis Society for the Integration of Faith and Reason.

    *An exception may be proposed for a woman thinker who fits a faith-and-reason profile.

    3. Both were Christian theists. Thus, speeches must explore the personal and intellectual intersection of the philosopher’s faith and reason in his life and thinking, or must be a comparison of the two men.  

    4. Contestants will prepare a speech between 4 and 5-minutes long to be delivered in the CASL film studio with either a live ‘micro audience’ or no audience. Speeches will be livestreamed in Youtube and Facebook.

    5. Contestants will write a script to be used on a teleprompter, which when read aloud, comes out to the required time limit. Scripts must be submitted in advance for approval by Monday, March 9.

    6. Contestants must register in TaoandTawheed.com/Event. Registration opens on Monday, February 17 and closes Friday the 28th.

    7. Speeches will be judged by a panel made up of students and/or faculty and/or staff based on criteria related to quality of presentation and ideas.

    8. Proposals for debates about Locke and Lewis may be considered.

     

    *See more rules in TaoandTawheed.com/Events as of Monday, Feb. Read more

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