Sunday, June 07, 2015
The False, Nonhistorical Jesus of the Koran
Christianity has had to suffer many foolish ideas in the past ten years, things like: the Jesus-story is simply a reheating of pagan mythologies; there are other "gospels" that tell us about the real Jesus (Thomas, Judas, e.g.); and perhaps the most ignorant one all all, that Jesus never existed.
Just as false and ignorant is what the Muslim Koran says about Jesus. Note this: no reputable scholar looks to the Koran for any truth about the historical Jesus. The Koranic Jesus is just that; viz., Jesus according to one person's 7th century opinion.
William Kilpatrick has this correct when he writes:
"Raising questions about the Koran is a ticklish business, but some questions simply beg to be answered. For example, the Jesus of the Koran doesn't look anything like the Jesus of the Gospels. For that matter, he doesn't look anything like an actual human being...
The Jesus of the Koran is not very convincing. Like the Koran itself, it's likely he would never survive any serious critical/historical inquiry." (Kilpatrick, Christianity, Islam and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West, K 3812)