John on December 24, 2006 at 11:18 am
Robert Spencer does a take down of Islamic apologist Karen Armstrong. In the process, he gives a clear explanation of how Muslims view Jesus and orthodox Christians. Here’s just a sample:
Here is the heart of the matter: the Qur’an radically redefines Jesus, and then declares its redefinition to be the genuine article. It is an act of religious imperialism, of religious colonialism: Jesus is expropriated as a Muslim prophet, and a central element of the Christian understanding of him — that he is the Son of God — is declared illegitimate.
Armstrong doesn’t mention the harshness of this operation, which culminates with Christians who believe in Christ’s divinity being called “unbelievers” (Qur’an 5:17), and those who call him the “Son of God” being placed under Allah’s curse (Qur’an 9:30). The result is that orthodox Christianity has always been considered by the Islamic mainstream as being not an object of respect, as Armstrong suggests, but as a renegade entity of which the true version was Islam. For Armstrong’s statement that the Qur’an “concedes that the most learned and faithful Christians – especially monks and priests – did not believe that Jesus was divine” is true as regards the Qur’an, but false as regards fact — unless one posits, as she may, that “the most learned and faithful Christians” were never found within the pale of orthodox Christology.
[HT: Smart Christian]
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