Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
The libraries have been opened up for you. Scholars of all dimensions are presenting all the world books have to offer, in short sound bites, if you have the tools to pick diamonds in the dung and if given your ideological bend of mind, you are not vulnerable to throw the baby with the bath water.
Michael Servetus gave up his life in the sixteenth century exposing the fallacies of Trinity and his quote above should be a lighthouse for every man of conscience, who is seeking the truth and not dogmatism.
In the opening statement of the video above, William Lane Craig, the most well known apologist for Christianity, offers four proofs for theism and I accept the first three of his very nicely presented arguments, to promote the One God of Judaism, Islam and Unitarian Christianity. He presents the cosmological argument, the teleological argument and grounding of human morality in All Knowing, Merciful God of Abrahamic faiths.
The fourth argument he advances is alleged resurrection of Jesus, may peace be on him, and for that I accept Hitchens’ rebuttal that extraordinary claims require extraordinary proofs and Craig has only a few stories from 2000 years ago to offer. His claims about Jesus’ divinity are easily refuted by: Video: How Jesus Became God, by Prof. Bart Ehrman?
Read on and in the words of Sir Francis Bacon, “Read not to contradict … but to weigh and consider.”
Prof. Craig uses science to prove a case for the Creator God but then opens up a Pandora box, by claiming miracles and exorcisms by Jesus that involve violation of the laws of nature and modern medicine and psychology. He cannot eat his cake and have it too.
Additionally, the New Testament hardly ever talks about the Creator God of the universe or Deism, while the holy Quran makes a constant case for Deism and study of nature: Cataloging 750 verses of the Holy Quran inspiring believers to study nature.
The late Christopher Hitchens‘ (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011) best arguments come in his seven minutes closing statement, when he exposes the crimes of organized religion, the Catholic Church, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Church and last but not the least, the Dutch Reformed Church for its role in apartheid of South Africa.
This is why, I for one have always supported secularism in every country of the world and religion for personal and spiritual life only and not for the purposes of organized religion, politics or governance of countries and this is also why we have to stand up for the human rights of agnostics and atheists, as they may some day be the only ones supporting the rights of the Muslims in the West if the right wing or populism keeps winning.
I am saving the above debate in the Muslim Times as well to ensure its longevity: