Saturday, September 16, 2006

Pope annoys Muslims

The pope has apparently upset some Indian Muslims.
Here is what he said

when recently I read the published article from university professor Theodore Khoury, regarding the words of the scholarly emperor of the eastern roman empire [the one that was invaded by the Muslims around 1400) Manuele II Paleologo had with a prian [the Muslim side] regarding the truth if Islam and Christianity... which is of interest to me in how it relates to "faith and reason"....

the emperor touches the topic of the jihad... in an astonishingly abrupt way, he focuses on the relationship between religion and violence, saying: "Show me what Muhammad brought that was new and you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached". The emperor, after that abrupt statement, then explains meticulously the reasons for why the spread of the faith by means of violence is unreasonable. Violence is in contrast with the nature of God and the nature of the spirit.

This is of course in the context of the Muslim armies attacking Byzantine (eastern Roman Empire) with the purpose of making it Islamic.
I have to say these Indian Muslims are pretty sensitive...

The crucial sentence in this argumentation against conversion by force reads: The Reasonable do not act in a way that is contrary to the nature of God. The publisher, Theodore Khoury, commentated in addition: For the emperor as a Byzantiner grown up with Greek philosophy this was self-evident. For the moslem teachings however God is different. God's will is bound to none of our categories (inc. reasonableness). Khoury quotes in addition a work of the well-known French Islamic expert R.Arnaldez, which points out that Ibn professor Khoury Hazn goes so far to explain that God is also not bound by his own word and that nothing obliges him to obey it, or to reveal to us the truth.

Interesting how some of the media outlets have made statements like "the pope said muslims are evil" or somthing equivilent.


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