Tuesday, January 26, 2016

St. Thomas Aquinas on Mohammad and Islam

by Steve Ray on January 26, 2016

St. Thomas Aquinas’ Teaching Against the Infidel Mohammed, The Prince of Theologians, St. Thomas Aquinas

“He (Mohammed) seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh urges us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected; he was obeyed by carnal men. 

As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity.

He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the Contrary, Mohammed said that he was sent in the power of his arms – which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants. 

What is more, no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning (1). Those who believed in him were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Mohammed forced others to become his follower’s by the violence of his arms. 

Nor do divine pronouncements on part of preceding prophets offer him any witness. On the contrary, he perverts almost all the testimony of the Old and the New Testaments by making them into a fabrication of his own, as can be seen by anyone who examines his law.

It was, therefore, a shrewd decision on his part to forbid his followers to read the Old and New Testaments, lest these books convict him of falsity. 

It is thus clear that those who place faith in his words believe foolishly.”

Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, Chapter 16, Art. 4. Footnote: 1. Sura 21:5, Sura 44:14; Sura 16:103, Sura 37:36

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I applaud Graham for being “politically incorrect” in stating what seems to be the obvious. The two conceptions of God are drastically at odds. The few similarities are far overshadowed by the drastic differences.

The Judeo-Christian God is viewed as a “father” whereas the Muslim god is primarily “master”. The Christian God is “love, personal, and rational.” The god of Islam is “pure will, completely ‘other’ and capricious.”

The article begins: In a series of tweets late Saturday night, Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, laid out his opposition to the recommendation of the college’s faculty council that the school drop its plans to terminate a professor who published her belief that Islam and Christianity worship the same God, which Graham said was “no minor issue.”

 In December 2015, Larycia Hawkins, who teaches political science at Wheaton College, was put on administrative leave after wearing a hijab to school in solidarity with Muslims. Wheaton is a private evangelical Christian college, which has sometimes been called the “evangelical Harvard” because of its reputation for academic rigor.

Hawkins announced that she would wear the hijab to demonstrate support for Muslims in the aftermath of the shootings in Paris and San Bernardino, California. She also used the gesture as a platform to express her belief that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

In a separate Facebook post, Graham said both his father and mother attended Wheaton College, where they met for the first time.

“I’m surprised and disappointed that the faculty council there is now recommending the college drop their plans to terminate a professor who published that she believed Islam and Christianity worship the same God in December. This is no minor issue that should be debated,” Graham wrote.

The fundamental issue for Graham is the theological question of the nature of God and therefore the mission of the college.

“Islam denies that God has a Son,” Graham wrote. “They deny that Jesus is God. They do not believe in a Triune God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I can tell you – Islam and Christianity clearly do not worship the same God.”

For the whole article and a brief discussion of the difference in Islamic and Christian belief, click here.

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live of Friday, January 23, 2016.

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1.  Opened with a discussion of St. Paul life before conversion, his life and radical ministry and the facts and issues surrounding his martyrdom.

2.  In 1 Corinthians St. Paul mentions Jesus’ words, “This is my Body, this is my Blood” from which we get the words of consecration. Where did the rest of the words we hear at Mass come from?

3.  St. Paul was not a Catholic. He was a Christian. The Catholic Church was something created by men.

4.  In 2 Corinthians 12 St. Paul said that he knew a man who was caught up to the third heaven. What does that mean? How many heavens are there?

5.  Why do you have to peg St. Paul into a particular denomination? Why not just say he is a Christian?

6.  Was St. Paul an agent of the Roman Empire when he assisted in Stephen’s martyrdom?

7.  I am what Paul was, a follower of the Nazarene. St. Paul was not and I am not a Christian, just a follower of Jesus. What do you think of that?

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Pilgrimages Selling Out! Check out of Spring Trips

January 26, 2016

–  Sold Out – our Holy Land pilgrimage March 30 – April 8. We will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday in Jerusalem!  Next Holy Land pilgrimages in Sept, Oct and over Christmas. –  NOW less than 10 seats left on our Rome-Assisi Year of Mercy pilgrimage March 7-15. –  Can’t travel during the academic year? That’s OK. […]

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