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January 04, 2010


Namit, Islam does believe in virgin birth and resurrection of Jesus.


Your statement is technically true but it's a bit more complex. Though Islam inherited the general Abrahamic framework, older prophets are not its focus (befitting a new religion). Jesus and the myths that surround him do get some airtime in the Qur'an but they're not central to it. Moreover, the Qur'an categorically rejects that Jesus was divine, a point of contention between the two religions. The Qur'an considers Jesus a mortal man chosen by God to be His messenger, just like Muhammad. Scholars are even divided on whether the Qur'an claims Jesus was resurrected or not. To those who say he was, it was due to God's intervention, not because of any special powers that Jesus had.

Anyhow, what I meant when I wrote "there is no virgin birth and no resurrection" in the Qur'an is that such concepts are not associated with Muhammad, or with other central figures of Islam—concepts that gave the rationalists of Western Christendom much heartburn.

Oh ok. In that sense I agree.

The clarity of thought and the style of narration are good. It would have been better if little more lights were shed on areas where the loss of the spirit of rationalism by the Greeks and the Muslims are dealt with.

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