Friday, September 15, 2006

Muslims Angry At Pope

Muslims Angry at Pope

Whenever I see reports of what someone said, I like to go to what the person actually said. Case in point, the media reports Muslims are growing violent over the Popes's apparent slight against Islam for promoting violence, which is inconsistent with a just God. You may want to know that the Pope was using the quotes of a byzantine Emperor to set up his thesis: the use of reason is not just a Greek development as opposed to Islam's idea of God being transcendant. The idea of a completely transcendant God allows him complete freedom to be irrational, including using violence for conversion. Interestingly, Muslims grow violent over this issue, primarily over Benedict's quote which emphasizes the "new" thing Islam brings to religion is violence. Looks like Muslims are making the Pope's point.

To get a proper view of what the Pope said, read what he actually said and judge for yourself.

Lecture of the Holy Father


At 9:16 PM, Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

The thrust of what he was saying is that is a mistake in fundamentalism, Islamic, Christian or otherwise, when religious faith is separated from reason.

He was speaking to an audience of intellectuals and I think his "brusque" quotation is being taken for the wrong meaning.

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Underground Logician said...

I think you're right. I cuts both ways, doesn't it? Christians who want to nuke Muslims must see that their violence is irrational and doesn't get God's blessing as well.


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