The events of the last few weeks have made a profound change in my way of thinking. The Kenyan Shopping mall, the Pakistani attacks on the christian minority, the actual objectives of the Syrian…Continue
"@Yeddie - What is the purpose of me existing? My purpose is the same as every living creature that has ever existed, from an amoeba, to a mosquito, to a dandelion, to a human - to procreate and keep my species from becoming extinct. Life seems to…"
Aside from however we came to be, what do you think the purpose(purpose might not be the right word, but you see where I am getting at I think) is of you existing?
Your purpose, apparently, it to commit the logical fallacy of Begging…"
"I suspect, however, that where you're going with this, is you want to use the tired old Christian ploy of pressing me back to the beginning of the Universe or the beginning of life on Earth, and force me to admit that I…"
"What I was trying to say is what I later found in that Slate article--it was long believed that the Quran in any other language violates the divine nature of the text, meaning Islam had the same problems of "The Bible says whatever the hell we…"
"I think what you're trying to say, Physeter, is that there are certain nuances in Arabic that simply doesn't translate well to English, much as English is often badly translated into Chinese or many other Asian languages."
"From 600 to 1600, it was forbidden, upon penalty of death, to own a Bible in any language other than Latin, which few besides the clergy could read, leaving the clergy to interpret the Bible at will. John Hus, for example, was burned at the stake -…"
"This article from 2008 discusses some of the history of Quran translation. It's been a complicated subject. But it confirms what Pope said in the original response at the top of this thread: people are now coming up with new…"
"I'm not sure what I'm saying. Clearly there are translations of the Koran in English. I've always heard, though, that no translation except the original Arabic is considered the true translation, and that the faithful consider them…"
"No, really. When I was in Africa the people there didn't speak a word of Arabic, except that they were learning their prayers in Arabic and would say "No god but Allah..." in Arabic.
And now that you mention it, Christianity got to be…"
"Pakistan deadly bomb targets Peshawar polio campaign
Two people, one a police officer, have been killed by a bomb which went off near anti-polio campaigners in Pakistan, say police.
The blast struck a van near a hospital in Budh Bher suburb of the…"