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More sanctimonious fanaticism from Oliver.

Reader comment on item: Is Allah God? - Continued
in response to reader comment: Why don't you take your own advice??

Submitted by zzazzeefrazzee (United States), Mar 16, 2008 at 16:27

Agreeing on that point, to what 'advantage' to Christians would be the reversion to using the name of the Arab pagan god (Allah) as a reference to the god they were trying to differentiate their god (Jesus) from?

Then to what advantage is it then for Christians to use "Theos" when it also clearly has a pagan precedent?
After all, Jesus himself most certainly never used this term.

"If Arabic speaking Christians, today, were still using the term al-ilah there would be no problem - but because Arabic has become Islamized so that god can only be called Allah - what reasons can be given for the use of the name of the god of Islam to refer to 'the Only-Begotten Son of God' (Jesus) other than: 1] ignorance, 2] habit or 3] compulsion?"

Sorry oliver, once again, your confirmation bias due to sanctimonious sectarian beliefs only serves to cloud your judgement.

Al-ilah and Allah are the same thing.


"...but because Arabic has become Islamized so that god can only be called Allah "

Sorry Oliver, Once again, that is your own personal view. In general, Arabic speaking Christians do not feel that their usage of Arabic is an inherently Islamic practice, anymore than the usage of Allah. Again, you infer that the usage is due to "Dhimmitude', but just where is your proof?

All you really refer to is an incompetent undertanding of the language an dculture, nothing more.
Of course, you'd have to cite another book other than scripture to change that.

Regarding the term "Khuda":

"The definitions YOU provided did not indicate that khuda had ever been used as the NAME of a god – pagan or otherwise". I provided dictionary definitions, which are not ususally given to detailing sectarian nuances. As I said, the online version of the Encyclopedia Iranica does not include this entry.

Just because I didn't indicate this history in my post, doesn't mean that it hasn't been used as such. Ask any Zoroastrian about how they use the term. Oh, but that would mean condescending to step down from your almighty perch and engage in inter-faith dialog, which suffice it to say, is not really your strong suit, now is it?

"Where is the Greek text of your now infamous pre-Islamic inscription?"

Have you bothered to read the sources I cited? Find it for yourself- I gave the full citations.

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