Sunday, August 19, 2007

Gates of Vienna: The Islamification of Christ

Gates of Vienna: The Islamification of Christ:

"There was no manger, Christ is not the Messiah, and the crucifixion never
happened. A forthcoming ITV documentary will portray Jesus as Muslims see him.
With the Koran as a main source and drawing on interviews with scholars and
historians, the Muslim Jesus explores how Islam honours Christ as a prophet but
not as the son of God. According to the Koran the crucifixion was a divine
illusion. Instead of dying on the cross, Jesus was rescued by angels and raised
to heaven. The one-hour special, commissioned and narrated by Melvyn Bragg, is
thought to be the first time the subject has been dealt with on British
television. Lord Bragg said: “I was fascinated by the idea … Jesus was such a
prominent figure in Islam but most people don’t know that.”"

I think this is something that can help create unity between the two faiths. While some are going to come out against this as an attack on Christ, I don't think it is. Jesus is not owned by the Christian church, and while it has the clearest claim to be followers of his word, many have had their own views about Christ throughout history. Understanding begins with knowledge, and a project like this is about knowledge, informing Christians about the views that Muslims hold on Christ.

As a last point, if it is ok for Mohammad to be drawn as a dog, which I support the persons right to do, this shows right to be broadcast must be defended. We have to be honest about freedom of speech.

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