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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Bible And The Qur'an

The words of Pope Benedict, as reported by Father Joseph Fessio: "There's a fundamental problem with [Isalm reinterpreting the Qur'an for today], because he said in the Islamic tradition, God has given His Word to Muhammad, but it's an eternal Word. It's not Muhammad's word. It's there for eternity, the way it is. There's no possibility of adapting it or interpreting it, whereas in Christianity, and Judaism, the dynamism's completely different: that God has worked through His creatures. And so, it is not just the Word of God, it's the word of Isaiah, not just the Word of God, but the word of Mark. He's used His human creatures, and inspired them to speak His word to the world. And therefore by establishing a Church in which he gives authority to His followers to carry on the tradition and interpret it, there's an inner logic to the Christian Bible, which permits it and requires it to be adapted and applied to new situations."

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