Sunday, 5 February 2006

Essential people to visit for theologians

The “essential lists for theologians” here at Faith and Theology have spawned various similar lists around the blogosphere. But of all these, the best is the Weekend Fisher’s new post of Essential People to Visit for Theologians. This is a splendid, thought-provoking list.

4 Comments:

Weekend Fisher said...

Thank you kindly.

Rory Shiner said...

Thanks for alerting us to this list. I found it quite moving.

kim fabricius said...

This isn't a list - more like a decalogue for all Christian people. Thanks, WF.

kim fabricius said...

FK,

Just read your excerpt from Ibn Ishaq's 8th century biography of Muhammad. And no doubt you could compound such passages from other Islamic sources to depict a religion that is inherently violent. Certainly such a case can be made against militant, Islamist Islam. And it's scary. But you must know that that is not the whole story about Muhammad or Islam - and that this has nothing to do with being PC (which dismissive expletive one expects from a tabloid blog, but surely not from yours, FK).

Equally a Muslim bent on making inter-faith mischief could take us on quite unedifying review, not, of course, of the life and teachings of Jesus (though he might have a go at Moses the Egyptian-killer and coward [Exodus 2:11-15]), but certainly of his followers' scandalous history of anti-Semitism, crusades, witch hunts, post-Reformation inter-confessional slaughter, etc. right on up to the fag-end of Christendom's post-WWI carve-up of the Middle East and its contemporary legacy of the killing fields in today's Iraq (the "crusade" of the Christian [sic] Right).

Indeed, taken out of context your passage might count as a violation of the 9th commandment.
So perhaps as number 11 in your list you might suggest that Christians should visit their local mosque and talk with Muslims and the imam about their faith.

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