Religious Literacy

When people came to believe that scientific rationality had triumphed over religion – that ‘God is dead’ – many lost the ability to reflect intelligently on religion. Yet religion has continued to be a powerful force shaping our world.

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Mark Durie - July 25, 2020

Islam’s Crisis of Apostasy

Islam – General

Islamism makes utopian promises which repeatedly have failed. Coming against the background of several centuries of Muslim humiliation, this results in increasing discontent. One symptom is the growing numbers of Muslims becoming agnostics, atheists, or converting to other faiths, especially Christianity. What does this mean for the future of Islam?

 

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For at least four years, a copy of the Noble Qur’an was placed for public use in Canberra Airport's prayer room.  This particular edition of the Qur’an, printed in the millions by Saudi Arabia, has very disturbing footnotes, which promote an aggressively radical interpretation of Islam not very different from the doctrines and practice of ISIS.  It is disturbing that this particular Qur’an was selected for the prayer room. (After this article was published, the Qur’an was removed.)