Islam: Why CJ Werleman Was Wrong (by his own admission)

There is much about this post that I don’t like, largely regarding the reduction of the Qur’an to the words of Muhammad, rather than the words of God… this not because I have any beliefs about its divine origin… but because I know that many will be offended and turned off CJ’s position due to his forthright statement of this…

BUT

That being said I think this is an excellent admission, and one that many should pay heed to. Now we just need to get away from falling into the fundamentalists trap of reducing Christianity to literal readings of the texts and we’ll be (more) sorted :-)

Cheers CJ.

Islam: Why I Was Wrong! If the qualification for being a big person is the willingness to concede when one is wrong, then, generally speaking, I’m not a big person. But here’s a small step in moving towards that high-water mark. Ok, deep breath. I was wrong when it came to criticizing Islam in terms of using the words of the Koran against it. Now I’m aware of double-edged hypocrisy, having used the Bible, in ‘God Hates You. Hate Him Back’, as evidence that Judaism and C … Read More

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Scholar of religion/nonreligion... PhD Student (Lancaster University), blogger, singer, actor, thinker... Northern Irish living in Scotland. Co-founder of The Religious Studies Project. Director at the NSRN. Baritone masquerading as a tenor. Vegetarian for no particular reason.

2 responses to “Islam: Why CJ Werleman Was Wrong (by his own admission)”

  1. Gemma says :

    Hmm.

    I’m with you on the problems with his view on the authorship of the Qur’an, but I don’t think he goes far enough in his apology. His basic argument is that the Qur’an was written in a historical period we have access to records about, whereas the Bible and Torah weren’t; critiquing holy books because they are too old seems like a ridiculous argument to me, especially when he makes a, frankly stupid, statement like “when it comes to understanding Judaism and Christianity, everything you need to know can be found in the one book”. Judaism and Christianity are not static pictures of a single moment in history, but dynamic and living perspectives of faith.

  2. religionandmore says :

    Oh I’m totally with you there Gemma. As I said, “Now we just need to get away from falling into the fundamentalists trap of reducing Christianity to literal readings of the texts and we’ll be (more) sorted.” Although, tbh that is me being very lenient… choosing to see the positives in this one because it is such a rare admission, but yeah… totally isn’t far enough :)

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