Albert Einstein’s search for God

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Was he a monotheist, deist, pantheist, or an atheist? How did his religion affect his science? Agnostics, atheists and pantheists, all equally claim that Einstein belongs to them. But, as he belonged to Jewish background, Abrahamic traditions or Monotheism, should certainly have a claim on him. Here is an attempt to understand the religion of […]

President Thomas Jefferson — Was he a monotheist?

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Source / Courtesy: Review of Religions and Alislam.org.  First published in 2007. A compelling argument that Thomas Jefferson negated belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ and affirmed the unity of God. Was he influenced by the Holy Qur’an? The adulterated accounts of the Bible did not satisfy Jefferson. After extensive studies of different books […]

Debate: Does the Universe have a purpose?

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First something about the big picture, atheists are right in exposing the irrationality of the Christian dogma. However, the Christians are right in as far as their claim that there needs to be a Creator of this universe, Who employed natural means to do His work. However, both parties in their self-conceit are not listening […]

Recruiting the four Horsemen of Neo-atheism into Cavalry of Islam

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Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, an 1887 painting by Victor Vasnetsov. Christopher Hitchens died on December 15, 2011.  My condolences to his family and friends.  From here on any blunt reference by me to my four horsemen should be considered to the surviving three. First a few words about the big picture. Atheists are right […]

Saint Augustine did build a bridge from Christian tradition to Islam!

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Saint Augustine said, “Let the bible be a book for you so that you may hear it; let the sphere of the world be also a book for you so that you may see it.”  In this saying he suggests a paradigm that word of God or scripture should be in accord with the act […]

Joseph Priestley: Who Discovered Oxygen and Taught pure Monotheism!

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George Santayana is well known for the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  If we have to follow his advice there are three names we cannot forget, Andrew Dickson White, Joseph Priestly and John William Draper.  All three of them wonderfully exposed the vulnerabilities of Christianity in general and […]

Two natures of Jesus: another Christian mystery!

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By Zia H Shah MD If one tries to genuinely understand or conceptualize the dual or hybrid nature of Jesus rationally, one is likely to be led to the truth, away from Trinitarian faith to Unitarianism, be it Christianity, Judaism or Islam. Jesus is a man and God the father is divine! In logical terms […]

Where is the Injil: the Q document or ‘Q?’

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The word Injil occurs several times in the Quran (3:4, 3:49, 3:66, 5:47, 5:67, 5:69, 5:111; 7:158; 9:111; 48:30; 57:28) and refers to the revelation to Isa (Jesus). Muslims believe that Injil was the Gospel given to Jesus, may peace be on him. We do not believe that the Injil in the Quran refers to the four Gospels or the New Testament. In Quran, the Injil is instruction for the righteous. According to the Holy Quran:

“And We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps, fulfilling that which was revealed before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Injil which contained guidance and light, fulfilling that which was revealed before it in the Torah, and a guidance and an admonition for the God-fearing.” (Al Quran 5:47)

What is the present day equivalent of what the Holy Quran describes as Injil? Could it be the Q document? Q is sometimes called the Synoptic Sayings Source. What gave me this idea was a comment by one of the experts in the four hour PBS documentary ‘From Jesus to Christ: the First Christians.’ Elaine Pagels says in the documentary, “Whoever collected the sayings of ‘Q’ wasn’t interested in the death of Jesus, wasn’t interested in the resurrection of Jesus, thought the importance of Jesus was what he said, what he preached.” This description parallels what the Holy Quran has to say about Injil.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica:

“‘Q’ biblical literature in the study of biblical literature, is a hypothetical Greek-language proto-Gospel that might have been in circulation in written form about the time of the composition of the Synoptic Gospels—Mark, Matthew, and Luke—approximately between 65 and ad 95. The name Q, coined by the German theologian and biblical scholar Johannes Weiss, is a reference to the German word Quelle (‘source’).
Most biblical scholars agree that the authors of Matthew and Luke based their written accounts largely on The Gospel According to Mark. Matthew and Luke, however, both share a good deal of material—largely made up of logia (Greek: ‘sayings’) attributed to Jesus—that is absent from Mark. This led biblical scholars to hypothesize the existence of an undetermined source from which the shared material was drawn: Q, sometimes called the ‘lost source.’ While no actual source document has been found and some scholars doubt that Q ever existed, others have attempted to reconstruct it through intensive textual analysis.”

Please read this knol along with the knol about the Gospel of Thomas, as there are several parallels between the two:

http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/the-gospel-according-to-thomas/1qhnnhcumbuyp/146#

Did Jesus rise in a physical body or a spiritual one?

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By Zia H Shah MD My dear Christians, OK, you have been long indoctrinated in the Christian dogma for generations, so you do not immediately understand the swoon hypothesis, the theory that Jesus went into a swoon on the cross and may have been just resuscitated and not resurrected. But consider this, if he was […]

President Obama, Mitt Romney and the Original Sin

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD President Barrack Obama has repeatedly professed to be a Christian, so, he presumably believes in the standard Protestant version of Original Sin.  One can also reasonably assume that he underwent Baptism to overcome his handicap as a result of Original Sin, according to the conventional Christian doctrine.  […]

Free Will or Original Sin: We Can’t have Both!

Written and Collected by Zia H Shah MD Ignatius of Antioch was one of the Pioneers of Contradictory belief system of Trinitarian Christianity.  In logical terms Jesus cannot be man and God at the same time. Like a man cannot be a rock or an apple, at the same time; men, rocks and apples are […]

John the Baptist: A Witness against Pauline Dogma

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John baptizing Jesus, by Guido Reni The more we know and learn about John the Baptist, more apparent it becomes that Pauline dogma regarding atonement and resurrection of Jesus, had nothing to do with the Jewish faith or faith of John the Baptist and even Jesus himself. So, this post is dedicated to collect all […]

Madagascar: An Exhibit for Islam against Christianity!

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Almost 80% of species in Madagascar are unique to the island and are not found else where.  As a result this largest island is a witness for evolution, which for our purposes means, a common lineage of all life forms on our planet earth.  The uniqueness of Madagascar species is a proof for the theory of evolution, […]

December 2011 Alislam-eGazette: A watershed moment for China: Islam or Christianity?

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Alislam-eGazette published its landmark volume about Islam and Christianity today. This volume has several articles comparing Islam and Christianity and why it may be important for China to make a good informed choice. There are thirty million Chinese Muslims. It would board well for Chinese future, if her leadership would engage these citizens in national […]

Muhammad: Seal of the Prophets

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Montgomery Watt calls Muhammad, one of the Greatest sons of Adam. The expression, seal of the Prophets means the Greatest Prophet!

According to Karen Armstrong, “Mahound’s fictional status in the West has perhaps made it even more difficult for people to see him as an historical character who deserves the same serious treatment as Napoleon, or Alexander the Great. The fictional portrait of Mahound in The Satanic Verses resonates deeply with these established Western fantasies.”

At another place she writes, “If we could view Muhammad as we do any other important historical figure we would surely consider him to be one of the greatest geniuses the world has known.”

Every human should have genuine curiosity to know more about this man, the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, may peace be upon him.

Photosynthesis: deserving of our awe or ridicule?

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By Zia H Shah MD Source / Courtesy: Alislam-eGazette After centuries of research, technology has created solar panels. The plant kingdom has been converting solar energy into chemical energy in a much more aesthetic manner. The plants are not only solar panels but are also self generating solar panel factories and much more! They are […]

Deism and 750 verses of the Holy Quran

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By Zia H Shah MD Deism (pronounced /ˈdiːɪzəm/, us dict: dē′·ĭzm) is a religious and philosophical belief that a supreme being created the universe, and that this can be determined using reason and observation of the natural world alone, without the need for either faith or organized religion. President Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and Benjamin […]

Thomas Paine: His Second Coming in Islam in the 21st Century

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Thomas Paine was one of the Founding Fathers of USA, in 18th century he was one of the greatest intellectuals and a proponent of Deism.  He is best known for his book Age of Reason.   Mark Twain said, “It took a brave man before the Civil War to confess he had read the Age of Reason … I […]

Quantum Theory – Sign of a Personal God

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Source / Courtesy: Muslim Sunrise, Fall 2011 Zia H Shah MD and Sardar Anees Ahmad Determinism A deist believes God created the universe, but rejects the notion of a Personal God – a God who answers prayers or intervenes in human affairs. Many deists are strict determinist, believing that causality governs the entire universe. Albert […]

Foundation of our morality: Islamic and Judeo-Christian tradition!

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If we examine our morality in its extreme situations we may realise that clearly there are religious implications and our morality came from God and perhaps cannot fully exist without God. Our morality is rooted in the prophets of God who revealed to us the absolute standards of our Creator against murder and incest for […]

The concept of Trinity has no legs to stand on

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Mufti Muhammad Sadiq, the first Muslim missionary to USA in 1920s, in his early days in USA, to initiate his missionary work, went into a store and bought three pencils and chose to pay for the price of only one pencil. When the shop keeper protested and asked for further payment, Sadiq retorted, you do believe in one in three and three in one. Don’t you? After a little quibbling the stage was set to start talking about Islam and Christianity!

The testimony of One God is every where in our universe and Trinity is no where to be seen. The universe and all life forms on our planet earth speak of One Creator and not three. If god the son and the Holy Ghost did not create any thing then they are not equal to God the Father, and hence not equal partners in ‘Trinity.’

I invite all our Christian brethren to also ponder over other religions that existed before Trinity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Confucianism or the aborigines of America and Australia.

Arius aught to have been declared a saint rather than a heretic! The term ‘Arianism’ is used to refer to other nontrinitarian theological systems of the 4th century. Arianism is the theological teaching of Arius (CE 250–336), a Church priest, who was first ruled a heretic at the First Council of Nicea of 325, later exonerated in 335 at the First Synod of Tyre, and then pronounced a heretic again after his death at the First Council of Constantinople of 381. The Emperor Constantine was baptized by an Arian Bishop. The Roman Emperors Constantius II (337-361) and Valens (364-378) were Arians or Semi-Arians.

If a Christian gives up Trinity, he or she still has the choice to become a Unitarian Christian, a Muslim or a Jew, before opting to be an agnostic or an atheist.

Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Messiah of this age writes:

“The God of Islam is the same God who is visible in the mirror of the law of nature and is discernible in the book of nature. Islam has not presented a new God but has presented the same God Who is presented by the light of man’s heart, by the conscience of man, and by heaven and earth.” (Tableegh-e-Risalat, Vol. VI, p. 15).

February 2011 Alislam-eGazette: Metaphysics, Religion and Science

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So said Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community “The God of Islam is the same God Who is visible in the reflection of the laws of nature and is discernible in the book of nature. Islam has not presented a new God but has presented the same God Who is presented […]

November 2011 Alislam-eGazette: Universal Brotherhood in Islam and Hajj

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Friday Sermon about human compassion and International brotherhood This sermon was delivered on September 12, 2003 by Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V. The subject of this sermon is humanitarian values in Islam. We will review a few excerpts and quotes from this sermon: After the initial recitation Huzur said that the Islamic teachings […]

A Christian and an agnostic debate the question of suffering.

Survival of the fittest

… On November 11, 2010, Dinesh D’Souza, former White House domestic policy analyst and recently appointed president of Kings College, debated Bart Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The debate—which was sponsored by the Center for Christian Studies—took place in the A. J. Gordon […]

March 2011 Alislam-eGazette: The Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani

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Friday sermon about Ruhani Khazain By Khalifatul Masih V, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad on Dec 31st 2010 In view of the coming new year, Hudhur said tonight when the world will be busy dancing, consuming alcohol and getting excited, especially in the Western world, we should make the promise in the Presence of God that […]

Evaluating Original Sin against scientific discoveries

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‘The Christian resolve to find the world evil and ugly, has made the world evil and ugly.’  Friedrich Nietzsche If we take out the dogma of Trinity and Original Sin in Christianity then the three Abrahamic faiths become very similar to each other. The dogma of Trinity and Original Sin are not only bad religion […]

The Pope Benedict’s account of resurrection and the hearsay rule!

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The Christian Easter story mounts to little more than hearsay as I will show in this article. But, if you are a Christian, please do not get very upset. Veneration and awe of the Transcendent is inherent in human nature, but we need to find the most appropriate channels for that rather than insisting on […]

Rising of the Sun from the West in the Latter Days

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This article was originally published in the summer 2011 volume of the Muslim Sunrise. The Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, said and it is common knowledge among the Muslim circles, “In the Latter Days, the sun shall rise from the West.” The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that this hadith implies that religion of […]

An international repository for alcohol related problems

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They ask thee concerning wine and the game of hazard. Say: ‘In both there is great sin and also some advantages for men; but their sin is greater than their advantage.’ And they ask thee what they should spend. Say: ‘What you can spare.’ Thus does Allah make His commandments clear to you that you […]

Fetal alcohol syndrome

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According to Encyclopedia Britannica: “Even moderate consumption of alcohol during pregnancy, however, may be associated with milder symptoms of FAS, and women are often counseled to abstain from imbibing any amount of alcohol shortly before and during pregnancy. It is also often advised to prolong this period of abstinence throughout breast-feeding, or at least to […]

Binge Drinking: moderation is a myth hard to sustain

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Contents Contents Health effects Prevalence of binge drinking See also References From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, my highlights and commentary if any are in read: Binge drinking is the modern definition of drinking alcoholic beverages with the primary intention of becoming intoxicated by heavy consumption of alcohol over a short period of time.[1] Or alternatively, […]

John William Draper another scholar banned in his time

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George Santayana is well known for the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  If we have to follow his advice there are three names we cannot forget, Andrew Dickson White, Joseph Priestly and John William Draper.  All three of them wonderfully exposed the vulnerabilities of Christianity in general and Catholic Church […]

A Muslim Honors National Bible Week

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Source / Courtesy: The Huffington Post By Harris Zafar For those who may not know, we are in the midst of National Bible Week, sponsored by the National Bible Association. This is a week, especially identified to raise awareness of the Bible’s importance and relevance to the nation and the lives of individuals. During this […]

A watershed moment for China: Islam or Christianity?

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By Zia H Shah MD Like it or not, but Islam and Christianity have been two missionary religions, which have been struggling to win the hearts and minds of humanity for centuries and they are not going to change their character, just because some agnostics or atheists do not like it.  As a Muslim, belonging […]

Buddha: A Witness against Pauline Dogma

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As all humans are God’s creation, it stands to reason that God not only guided people in the Middle East through Abraham, Isaac, David, Solomon, Jeremiah, John the Baptist and Jesus, but, He also guided other people through prophets like Confucius, Buddha and Zoroaster. If this be true there should be some common theme between […]

Muslim Americans Celebrate New Years in Times Square

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Muslim Americans spread the message of peace in New York’s Times Square on New Years Eve. Source / Courtesy: CNN ireport Around one million people gathered in the Time Square last night to celebrate New Year eve. Among them were Muslims spreading the message of peace. Just like their previous campaigns where flyers were distributed […]

Al Biruni: One of the Greatest Pioneers of Science

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Abū Rayḥān Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad Bīrūnī (Persian: ابوریحان محمد بن احمد بیرونی), often known as Alberuni, Al Beruni or variants, (born 5 September 973 in Kath, Khwarezm (now in Uzbekistan), died 13 December 1048 in Ghazni, today’s Afghanistan) was a Persian scholar and polymath of the 11th century.[1][2] The early Muslims duplicated the technique of […]

Darwinian Evolution: Islam or Christianity?

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Source / Courtesy: This popular collection of articles was first made in Google-knol. It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe. It is impossible to calculate the moral […]

The anesthesia of familiarity: There should be a Creator for this universe

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This popular Google-knol was first written in March of 2010 Atheists are right in exposing the irrationality of the Christian dogma.  However, the Christians are right in as far as their claim that there needs to be a Creator of this universe, Who employed natural means to do His work.  However, both parties in their […]

Terrorism has no Religion

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Muslim Sunrise, the oldest Muslim publication of North America, came out with its Winter 2010 volume against terrorism. A religion should not be judge by the acts of a minority of outlaws regardless of their claimed religious affimilation. Christians should not be judge by the acts of their brothers in Serbia or Ireland. Christianity should […]

Maria: Pope Benedict XVI on the Mother of God

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In the Muslim tradition Jesus, may peace be on him, was a noble prophet and Mother Mary was paragon of virtue and piety. Having said that I embark on reviewing and refuting claims made without proof in the book, ‘Maria: Pope Benedict XVI on the Mother of God.’

Michio Kaku is a Japanese American scientist and science communicator who is Professor of Theoretical Physics specializing in string field theory at the City University of New York. He writes:

One day in Sunday school we studied Genesis. To read about God thundering from the heavens, “Let there be Light!” sounded so much more dramatic than silently meditating about Nirvana. Out of naive curiosity, I asked my Sunday school teacher, “Did God have a mother?” She usually had a snappy answer, as well as a deep moral lesson to offer. This time, however, she was taken aback. No, she replied hesitantly, God probably did not have a mother. ‘But then where did God come from?’ She mumbled that she would have to consult with the minister about that question.” If we bring the sincerity of the questioner and the teacher in examining the question of the mother of Jesus, considered to be god by the Trinitarian Christians, we will be ready for enlightenment.

Deism, Liberal Protestantism or Natural Religion

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Abstract First published in 1802, Natural Theology was written by William Paley in defense of the teleological argument. His opening statement sets this stage by supposing that if he found a watch upon the ground, then examined its parts, he would necessarily conclude that it was designed for a purpose. His watchmaker analogy is still […]

Age of Reason by Thomas Paine in the Islamic light

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Mark Twain said, “It took a brave man before the Civil War to confess he had read the Age of Reason … I read it first when I was a cub pilot, read it with fear and hesitation, but marveling at its fearlessness and wonderful power.” In 18th century Thomas Paine was a believer and […]

Muslim Leader Calls for Jihad against extremism and oppression

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  “Lack of justice leading to increased terrorism and sectarianism” – Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad The Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in India concluded on 28 th December in Qadian with a powerful and faith inspiring address by the World Head of the community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who addressed the […]

Stephen Hawking has a change of heart: God did not create Universe?

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This popular Google knol was first written soon after the publication of Hawking’s book, the Grand Design. First a few words about the big picture.  Atheists are right in exposing the irrationality of the Christian dogma.  However, the Christians are right in as far as their claim that there needs to be a Creator of […]

Shariah Law Concept of Enforcement

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Source / Courtesy: Muslim Sunrise, Fall 2011 By Dr. Lutf ur Rehman The idea of implementation of Shariah Law through the legislative process of a country is not new. Muslim majority countries have faced this debate for many decades. The driving force behind such ideas is usually politico-religious parties who find it very hard to […]

Not possible to refuse Muhammad rationally: Analyzing William Montgomery Watt

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William Montgomery Watt called Muhammad, may peace be on him, ‘one of the greatest sons of Adam,’ he regarded the Holy Quran as divinely inspired, though not infallible, yet he continued to be an apologist for Christianity all his life. Is there any rational way to reconcile Watt’s views? The more we study Watt and […]

Islamic Law in Western Nations

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Source / Courtesy: Muslim Sunrise By Azhar Ahmed Hussain: a Juris Doctor candidate at Hofstra University School of Law. Islamic law and western countries have a unique relationship that spans nearly 900 years, a relationship that, due to misconception and manufactured hysteria, is undergoing an era of tension.  Many of Islam’s most fervent opponents often […]

Prof John Makdisi traces the Islamic Origins of the Common Law

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This is work under progress.  But, you could read his magnum opus by ordering the North Carlina Law Review article from a Library or by ordering his books from Amazon: Makdisi, John A. (June 1999), “The Islamic Origins of the Common Law”, North Carolina Law Review 77 (5): 1635–1739 Professor John A. Makdisi concludes in […]

Faith and reason: an invitation to the Christians

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Albert Einstein said, “The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.” “I do not feel obliged to believe that the […]