Monday, April 26, 2010
A Critical edition of the Qu'ran?
It's about time! Finally, a critical edition of the Koran. Now, honest Muslims and those researching the Islamic faith can look at the real textual history of this book. I believe this will turn out to be a very useful work for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. However, I can only imagine the uneasiness (and that is probably an understatement) of Muslims who will hear about this work, as i've heard plenty of Muslims claim that there are no textual variants in the Koran. Perhaps this will lead Muslims to reevaluate their view of inspiration? Certainly, Christians have to deal with a similar struggle, as the Bible is not without its critics. The difference is, we publish our own critical editions of the Bible for all to see. We have nothing to fear. Bring in the evidence and publish it. And if anyone wants to argue that textual variants disprove inspiration, then let's talk about it.
The sad thing is, most Muslims will probably not carry this type of attitude. It seems that only the "revisionist" Muslims are into this sort of thing. Its an amazing thing when a group wants to suppress the evidence. But its another thing to be a follower of the one who claims to be "The way, the truth, and the life." (John 14:6)
You can read the full Boston Globe article HERE.
(ht: Evangelical Textual Criticism)