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1.0 out of 5 stars For those who enjoy the sound of their own voices., July 5, 2006
This review is from: Was Jesus Crucified? (Paperback)
After looking through the pamphlet many of Mr Deedat's arguments are unbalanced. Muslims tell us that to have a proper understanding of the Koran, one must know Arabic, Islamic theology, history etc. . However Mr Deedat's understanding of the Christian holy text appears devoid of any such scholarship.

My studies concerning Islam and conversations with Muslim friends informs me that if one wants to truly understand the Koran then knowledge concerning Arabic is essential. Mr. Deedat has not treated the Bible in the same manner. Sadly he rages on about passages and beliefs that are often solved by an understanding of Koine Greek, the passages context and/or Christian theology/thought (A studied/holistic approach considering other writings, history culture etc.). Christian resources are there to help him discern many of the claimed difficulties though Mr Deedat appears ignorant of these works. Proudly boasting within his Islamic worldview, he believes himself triumphant yet sadly few of his questions demand much attention. Though Mr Deedat might be a scholar of Islam ,his arguments against Christianity are no better than a man with a little bit of knowledge raging against Christianity while being applauded by those of like mind.

Why is this important? Muslims that I have met always appeal too many of the same devices listed in the questions above when understanding the Koran. Why is this work devoid of any honest attempt to do the same for the Bible? For example, no thoughtful Muslim would take a section or verse from one of the Surahs and try to interpret its mysteries without looking to the whole passage ,the Surah ,the Koran, the Hadiths etc. for context. Mr. Deedat does take sections, verses from the Christians "inspired" book without care to any such devices, assuming he knows what he does not. My question to Muslims here is why not treat the Bible with at least the same level of fairness? My life is filled with conversations and deep friendships among Muslims. In my journey (not complete), I found misconceptions by many Muslims about Christians and vise-versa. Conversations that have sprung from these encounters enriched all of our lives. Perhaps those here who read my review might see the fairness/reasonableness of listening first to learn what is honestly debatable and then argue as one should.

Frankly Mr. Deedat is cut from the same cloth as some of Christianities hard right wingers. Proud, arrogant, angry, Mr. Deedat boldly marches forward carrying forth the banner of Islam, running over his reader by force of will or might, not solid arguments. The truly disappointing thing is that when Mr. Deedat does fall over an interesting point or two of contention, that has sparked some debate even in Christendom, he fails to flush out the issue. He simply triumphantly boasts, prods, laughs through his prose at all Christendom, as a madman might.

However I must confess that this is a strange book to review as I do not wish to dismiss everything here. The pamphlet does give one insight into how some Muslims view the crucifixion as well as Christianity. But whether one is a Christian, Muslim, Atheist, or Agnostic (hopefully without the same issues) the first thing you will notice is the harsh and triumphant tone of the pamphlet. I personally find many angry agenda driven authors suffer from a lack of depth in their arguments. This is no exception. So if you are looking for a scholarly text that attempts to disprove the crucifixion this is not it. But if you are looking for a read that gives interesting insight into the mindset of such peoples, then this might be an interesting read.
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2006 5:37:07 PM PST
Averroes says:
How do you know that Mr. Deedat did not read the bible(s) in its(their) original language? Deedat argued with well-known biblical scholars and if his points were irrelevant to the topic or away form the original meaning of the bible(s), I guess lost of them had to point-out for that..
I have no comment on the rest of your argument since it is obviously flawed.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2008 10:59:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2010 11:51:45 PM PST
Please read Mr. Deedat's pamphlet and then any number of Christian interpretations on each topic. With all respect the writing is very simplistic; it comes off with less concern to the context of the Bible or understanding of the original languages. I have more respect for the Koran and knowledge there of than Mr. Deedat's polemic about the bible. Trust me I can appreciate a good argument(Some educated atheists do a much better job). If one had been offered I would have said so. Besides what part of my argument is flawed? Simply saying so convinces no one.

PS It is not so much that Mr Deedat's arguments are not made in other circles/debates. Simply many of them in this pamphlet are simple to dismiss, with few exceptions. As to the original languages, he shows no inclinations towards nor understanding of Koine Greek in this work. Though Mr. Deedat maybe a scholar of Islam, this pamphlet is not scholarly.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2011 3:40:53 AM PDT
It is as always a pleasure when a reply to a hostile comment does not resort to similar language.
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