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Huff Post Religion is filled with a lot of junk some of which I have responded to in the past on this blog.  Three days ago there was this post titled “My Love Letter To Islam: Part 1.”  It caught my attention.  While looking up to see if she had more posts (if that was part 1, there must be at least a part 2) I noted her self-described biography:

I was raised as a meat-and-potatoes Irish Catholic girl, but life has transformed me into a vegan Muslim yogi.

A Vegan Muslim Yogi?

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If you are looking for a resource on Christian apologetics concerning Islam we are now hosting a manual on Islam written by a Christian name Cornelius.

It is 220 pages long.

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Looks like Nabeel Qureshi is coming out with a new book related to the topic of this video that responds to the question, “Are Allah and the God of Christianity the Same?”

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Huff Po Jesus predicted Muhammad Veritas Domain show it is a lie

We just completed our four part series refuting Huffington Post’s religion piece titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  Huffington Post has a big readership and they needed to be answered.

Here are the four posts to this series:

  1. Part 4: Mopping Up Remaining Fallacies

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mop up

I believe that in my previous three posts in this series I have adequately refuted the main point from a piece from the Huffington Post titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  This post is a “mop up” of some of the other fallacies the author committed in his attempt to argue that the Jesus prophecied about Muhammad.

One of the interesting argument that the writer gave is based upon 1 John 4:2.  I will quote 1 John 4:1-3 for context:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.

The quotation comes from the NASB.

Here’s the guy’s argument:

The author of 1 John is especially worried about Docetic versions of Christianity that had developed denying that Jesus “came in the flesh”; in these versions of Christianity Jesus was not an actual human being but rather an angelic being that only appeared to be human. Such a version of Christianity, obviously, would have been quite disconnected from the actual teachings and values of Jesus of Nazareth and his earliest followers, who knew him as a real human being. It is worth noting that Muhammad meets these criteria insofar as the Qur’an affirms that Jesus is the Messiah and that he “came in the flesh.”

He thinks Muhammad meets the requirement of 1 John 4:2 that therefore makes Muhammad a true prophet.  Hm.

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Huffington Post Muslim logical fallacy Argumentum ad populum

This is part 3 of my response to a Huffington Post Religion piece titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”

Here’s the first two responses:

 

Since my time is short in light of sermon preparation this post will respond to a shorter quote from the Huff Po writer who is trying to demonstrate that Jesus predicted Muhammad.  The quote is as follows:

When we look at Islam as a world religion, and see that 1.6 billion people and growing are following in the way of Muhammad, the time has surely come to recognize him as a prophet. If Muhammad is not a prophet, who is?

Is this argument logically sound?  Here’s my response:

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liberal hypocrisy against Christian making them islamic

Over at liberal Huff Po Religion there is a piece I want to respond to that’s titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  I’m responding to this because it’s a terrible article that no doubt probably has many people reading it but one that is plague with the lack of clear thinking.  HuffPo Religion often have articles that provides many examples of how not to do theology.  This is one of them.

Our writer begins his essay saying

The time has come for Christians and Muslims to make peace between our communities. Christians and Muslims already make up more than half of the global population, and these numbers are expected to grow in the coming decades; according to the Pew Research Center, by 2050, two thirds of humanity, some 5.7 billion people, will be either Christian or Muslim.

Our planet simply cannot afford another century of misunderstanding and violence between these two communities. The challenges we face as a global human family are profound: ongoing warfare and nuclear proliferation, global poverty and economic inequality, climate change and ecological degradation. How will humanity handle these crises and others if our two largest religious communities are embroiled in constant conflict, if misunderstanding defines our relationship?

Response:

  • As a Christian I definitely don’t want violence between Christians and Muslims.
  • What does our writer think is the source of the problem of lack of peace between these two communities?  It’s very telling when he says “Our planet simply cannot afford another century of misunderstanding and violence between these two communities” and “misunderstanding defines our relationship.”  According to the writer it’s a result of misunderstanding between the two communities.
  • I do think there are misunderstandings among those in the two communities.
  • But misunderstandings is not enough of a reason to explain violence.  People often have misunderstanding of my ethnic minority background.  But that doesn’t mean somehow there’s violence done towards me in of itself.  It’s an inadequate explanation on the part of the author; ironically, it’s a misunderstanding that doesn’t account for radical Jihadists who commit violence against Christians who have been exposed if not even raised up in largely Western countries where one can’t just say it resulted from a mere misunderstanding.  Something deeper and more complex is going on and the author’s explanation is too simplistic.
  • If one identify what’s the problem wrongly, then don’t be surprised that the solutions offered would also be wrong.

 

So what’s our writer’s offered solution?  Here’s one suggestion he offered:

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