German scholarship helped create Biblical criticism in the nineteenth century. Criticism placed the Gospels, particularly, in historical context. It tries to determine what portions of the Gospels were close to the events and likely accurate, and which were later interpolations and more likely expressed the hopes of their eras. Now a German scholar, a convert to Islam, has turned historical criticism on to the Muslim texts. The uproar has barely begun; but without such criticism, the modernization and moderation of Islam cannot get underway.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Did Mohammad Exist?
From a beautifully written blog by a neighbor over in Riverside, California -- a lover of the Mission Inn, where Richard and Pat were married in 1940 and Episcopalians of the Diocese of Los Angeles will gather next weekend for their annual convention: