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Paper Trail: The Lost Versions of the Qu'ran

Part 1a: What we can learn about the Companions' versions from the San'a manuscripts and the hadith

  • 26 June 2018
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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In this article we will go deep into what I am calling the ‘philosophy of paper trails’.  In specific, we will attempt to identify the history of the sacred text known as the Qur’an. We will do this by examining the text of the Qur’an itself as well as extra-Qur’anic Muslim sources such as the hadith and the tafsir, or Islamic commentaries. We also make use of scholarly, peer-reviewed sources such as Proquest and the Journal of Qur’anic Studies, popular online sources such as Wikipedia, and lesser-known but still credible articles that I had at my disposal.  The questions we will ask and attempt to answer are not novel: Have the texts of the Qur’an been perfectly preserved since their initial emergence into 7th century Arabia, in the first century A.H. and to the present time? This article will argue no.

Eid Mubarak! from Rev. Ismail Nemr

On Mercy, Forgiveness and Deliverance from Hell

  • 15 June 2018
  • Author: Guest Blogger
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Ramadan Mubarak, Day 30: Comparative Religion

Sam and Adam reflect on comparative religion and the gospel

  • 14 June 2018
  • Author: Guest Blogger
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by Sam Alvarado and Adam Simnowitz

As Ramadan comes to an end, I can’t help but ponder on what I observed in my neighborhood. ...I can’t help but to be reminded of how Jesus answered a question posed to him by people seeking to be justified before God. They asked him, “What shall we do that we may work the works of God?”  Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrMXlQ2ZWJ0

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I have a Syrian Muslim friend with whom I have shared the message of Jesus many times.  Once he objected to the idea that people can be forgiven simply by believing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  It seemed to him that if a person could be guaranteed forgiveness, he would use this as an excuse to commit whatever sin he so pleased.  

   

Ramadan Mubarak, Day 29: Community of God

How 1 plus 1 plus 1 is not a real objection to the triune nature of God

  "Been there, tried that. '1+1+1 does not equal one.'" 

I have heard this math operation as a proof that the Trinity can't exist before. It is a very popularized Muslim objection to the Trinity. I never quite understood it and I am not sure why we should assume the operation for such a question would be addition. Why not multiplication? 1 x 1 x 1 = 1 after all.

Voila! Problem solved.

"Been there, tried that. '1+1+1 does not equal one.'" 

Ramadan Mubarak, Day 28: On Generosity, etc.

Chris Samuel reflects on a convo with his friend Mustafa.

  • 12 June 2018
  • Author: Guest Blogger
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