The same God?

Once again, I’m puzzled by the assertion that “the God of the Qur’an is Not the God of the Bible.” In other incarnations, it might be “the God of Islam is Not the God Christians worship” or other variants. It’s always asserted with great vehemence, as if some great peril were being repelled.

I’m well aware that Islam is materially different than Christianity. I’m aware that it misunderstands Jesus Christ. I’m aware of so very much that I could regurgitate were I not afraid of merely stirring up animosity.

But is there more than one God? How can religion A have a different God than religion B? Sure, they can understand God much differently, and where they differ, after the equivocations are winnowed out, at least one is wrong.

Yawn.

What purpose, other than stirring up animosity, is served by articles like this? The author does not seem to be addressing, and is publishing in an unlikely forum if he is addressing, Krustians who are at risk of wandering into Islam under the mistaken impression that it’s just another denomination.

What, in short, is the epidemic falsehood to which such henotheistic articles are a supposed antidote?

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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.

Priceless Chestertonia

I was grasping for how to say something when it occurred to me that G.K. Chesterton had already said it (see #1). Trying to look it up, I was reminded how much else he said so very, very well. Indeed, one of his comments inspired this blog’s name:

Ideas are dangerous, but the man to whom they are least dangerous is the man of ideas.  He is acquainted with ideas, and moves among them like a lion-tamer.  Ideas are dangerous, but the man to whom they are most dangerous is the man of no ideas.  The man of no ideas will find the first idea fly to his head like wine to the head of a teetotaler.

Enjoy!
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