“People of the Book” jottings

-Christianity sees itself as related to the Old Testament, and bases its truth on the inerrancy of that Scripture. Islam sees itself as related to the Scripture as well, and bases its truth on the errancy- even putative errors- in the document.

-Any genius can found a religion on a book.

- Only a fool would count on getting consensus over a book. A very vocal and influential group of present scolars can’t even agree that St. Thomas is Aristotelian. Why should we expect them to agree on whether there is, say, a Trinity or a Church in the New Testament?

- I understand people praising the beauty of the Koran, if they are speaking about it as a literary work. It makes little sense, however, to praise its beauty as a religious work. If God spoke to us, it would be a little shallow to focus on his sentence structure, paragraph unity, and avoidance of the passive voice.

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