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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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