Despite my education being in engineering, I have a deep love for the arts. In high school I got into any band that I could. In addition to that I was in theatre club and on the yearbook committee. Also, anyone who knows me will know that I have a deep appreciation for film and literature. In fact, I’ve dabbled in the idea of becoming a film critic for quite some time. Having my engineering background, math and science are my job but film and literature is my love. My favorite posts on this blog are actually book or film reviews which might be a shock to most of my readers.
Historically the West has always been firmly opposed to Islam. This is because of the strong Christian Tradition of the West. Unfortunately, the strength of the faith in the West is a mere shadow of its former self. I’ve never met a Western convert to Islam before but there are Western converts. Having reflected on the arguments for Islam and Christianity, I find the arguments for Islam to be overall very weak. The Islamic sources show a very poor understanding of the two religions that it’s trying to usurp.
I had two experiences recently. The first experience was on a Muslim apologetics blog and looking at the comments. There was this really anti-Christian Muslim commenting on Christianity. He essentially said that Christianity doesn’t care about Law and good works. After challenging him, he started to misquote the Bible and naturally blamed this on Paul.
There are over a billion Muslims in the world. Dialoguing with them is getting more and more important since many of them live in the West. At Speakers Corner in London, many debates take place. Recently a young American lady went to Speakers Corner and debated some Muslim apologists. She probably didn’t know that these were heavyweight apologists who have been doing this for years. Leaving that aside, the way she debated was a perfect example what not to do when debating Muslims.
I’ve been watching a lot of Zakir Hussain debates lately as he seems to be the new superstar apologist over in England. He has debated James White twice. The second time was recent and I’ve done a few posts on that debate. The first time was back in 2012 where he debated Dr. White on whether or not Muhammad is foretold in the Bible. I should point out that I don’t think that Zakir Hussain has been in a debate with cross examination. That would be interested to see him defend his theories under firm questioning.
Yesterday I was driving to a neighbourhood to meet a couple I know at a board game cafe. On the sidewalk, I saw three young girls walking together. They were all carrying rainbow flags. A little further on, I saw a man dressed as a woman. Not long after that I saw a clergyman in an alb with a rainbow stole. I then remembered that it was the day of the local Pride parade.
A couple of days ago, a declaration came out entitled the Nashville Statement. This statement reaffirms Christ’s teaching on marriage and condemns homosexual relationships. It is an Evangelical document and is signed by many prominent Evangelicals including John McArthur, John Piper, Albert Mohler and many others. While I’m a committed Catholic and not Evangelical, I agree with everything in this document.
Recently a Muslim apologist named Faiz tried to refute a blog post that I made about Muhammad in Song of Solomon 5:16. He didn’t even try to refute my points in my post but tried to make Muhammad into a type of Solomon. Here is his article:
Islamic apologists have often appealed to Hebrews 5:7 for support that Jesus Christ was not crucified or didn’t die. The most recent person to do this is Zakir Hussain in his recent debate against James White. Here is what the verse says:
So here is what happened. Dr. James White recently debated British Muslim apologist Zakir Hussain on whether or not Jesus was crucified. Zakir Hussain clearly won this debate. He didn’t win because his arguments were good, in fact, they were the exact opposite. They were arguments that were on par with Matthew Vines arguments for the Biblical blessing of homosexual relationships. They were that bad.