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The Doctrinal Development of Islam

June 10, AD2018 0 Comments
The Doctrinal Development of Islam

Not unlike the history of doctrinal development in the Catholic Church, the possibility of doctrinal development within the Islam has been studied, discussed and whether or not such development remained consistent with Islamic teachings. regarding some assertions of philosophy which, to some, appeared to contradict Islamic teachings. Islam Various Islamic thinkers assert that there can […]

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A Religion of Peace: They Must Define It

September 11, AD2016 3 Comments
A Religion of Peace: They Must Define It

The death, anguish, and destruction caused by the recent upsurge (measured in decades) in savage violence in the name of Islam has caused us to evaluate what was once not considered a threat in the United States. The Pew Foundation recently predicted that the percentage of Muslims in the U.S. will reach 2.1% by 2050. […]

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Muslims: Nuancing the Good and Bad

August 5, AD2016 33 Comments
Muslims: Nuancing the Good and Bad

About a month ago, during the Euro Cup, I was impressed reading a few pieces in the press about Mesut Özil, an extremely talented Muslim soccer player who often opens his palms in prayer during stoppages in play and reads the Koran before matches. I saw a quote from him saying, “I’d rather not play […]

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Abba or Allah: 2 Views of the 1 God

December 16, AD2015 154 Comments
Abba or Allah: 2 Views of the 1 God

I have always loved science: when most boys said they wanted to be policemen, I wanted to be a paleontologist and study dinosaurs. Now as a priest, I still enjoy looking at science as a sign of God’s beautiful work in the world. Looking for an Islamic understanding of natural science, I came across a […]

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There Is No Pope in Islam

March 5, AD2015 21 Comments
There Is No Pope in Islam

Some time ago I posted on Facebook this criticism of that ubiquitous “Coexist” bumper sticker with the comment, “I need this in magnet form for my car.” A friend (who, I believe, identifies as atheist/agnostic) replied, “I don’t agree that Muslims are out to get everyone else. I find that suggestion pretty offensive actually.” Upon […]

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Boko Haram: How Should Christians Understand It?

May 26, AD2014 18 Comments
Boko Haram: How Should Christians Understand It?

The translation into English of the common name of this politicial/religious group in Nigeria has resulted in several iterations. “The People of the Book (Christians) are harmful”, “Non-Islamic education is a sin”, and “Boko…something (an idea or object) that involves a fraud or any form of deception” from a more academic source. This group has […]

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