Have you ever heard of Omar Khadr? He’s a Canadian born Muslim Jihadi who fought with the Taliban. He killed an American medic and blinded another in Afghanistan. Watch the video that I’ve provided above if you want to learn all of the details.
Calvinist apologist James White has responded to my posts twice. The last time, he spent over an hour responding to a critique that I made of him. I think that everyone can agree that White and I are not on the same side. I desperately want to see the man become a Catholic just as much as he wants me to stop being one. Recently, many of his fellow Calvinists have criticized him on an interfaith dialogue that he had with Islamic apologist Dr. Yasir Qadhi. I have criticized this dialogue as well. It came as quite a shock that someone like White would participate in it. Regardless, he did and he still continues to defend what he did.
At the same time, I will admit that the attacks against White have gone overboard. This event happened months ago. It ended with the parting of ways of Sam Shamoun and James White. Why is this coming up again, months later? To all the Calvinists who are criticizing White I say the following:
I recently listened to a podcast from Catholic Answers where Peter Kreeft was a guest. For those who don’t know, Peter Kreeft is a Catholic convert from Calvinism and one of the greatest Philosophers of our day. Both Catholics and Protestants read his works and make good use of them. He is also heavily involved in the pro-life movement and has written books like The Unaborted Socrates. In other words, we have a lot to thank him for.
Islam is the youngest out of all the major religions in the world, though it claims to be the oldest. Secular historians equate the founding of Islam with Muhammad. The Arab who claimed to be a Prophet in the line of Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. According to Islam, the first man who ever lived, Adam, was a Muslim. Muhammad is simply the last in the line of Islamic Prophets according to the Quran and the Hadith.
The Quran claims to be the next and final revelation in the Abrahamic tradition. That is, the religion of Abraham, Moses, Elijah, John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. Unlike the New and Old Testament that we have today, the Quran was revealed to only one person over a 23 year period. Over those years, according to Islamic tradition Muhammad told his followers these revelations who then wrote them down or committed them to memory. Shortly after Muhammad’s death, the Muslim community got together and constructed a single Quran and this is the Quran read today. That’s at least how the official story relates it.
Recently a relative of mine was in Istanbul, Turkey for vacation. Despite having a devout Muslim leader, Turkey is known to be a less religious and more liberal Muslim country. This is especially true of the city of Istanbul which is probably the least religious city in Turkey. Regardless, we can reasonably say that the people of Istanbul are not Christian. Despite once being the “New Rome” and holding the second most authoritative bishopric in Christendom after Rome, modern Istanbul is not a Christian city in the least.
Today Canadian conservative pundit Lauren Southern posted a video which basically says that Muslims are invading our culture. She said that they have high fertility rates and are threatening our precious Western values which no one is standing up for any longer. I’m embarrassed to say that when I was her age, I thought in this ridiculous manner as well.
Because of Surah 7:157, Muslims are forced to find Muhammad in the Torah and the Gospels. I hate to spoil it for my readers but let me confidently tell you the he’s nowhere to be found in either of those texts. I personally think deep down that most Muslims know this but only the apologists try to fit this square peg into a round hole.
My greatest critique of Islam is that it is an ahistorical religion. Their key text, the Quran, re-writes religious and secular history. As a Christian, when I dialogue with a Muslim, I focus on the character of Christ. According to the Quran, the earthly disciples of Christ were Muslims. In Surah 5:111 we read:
How does an Islamic Apologist view the Bible? Well, they’ll say its been corrupted, but how much truth remains? If you quote Paul to an Islamic apologist, they’ll just dismiss it as Paul. However, if you quote Jesus to them, they’ll question whether it’s original to the real Jesus. If you quote John, they’ll simply say it’s late and unreliable. However, if you quote Mark against Islam, that doesn’t hold water either. Islamic apologist Shabir Ally simply says that Paul wrote before Mark and this theology influenced the Gospel writer. This would hold truth for the other Gospels as well. At the same time, people like Ally and others will quote the Gospels to try and prove Islam. The Bible is good enough to prove Islam but not good enough to falsify it.