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Islamic Reformation?

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Submitted by Paul (United States), Apr 17, 2008 at 14:47

Mr Pipes,

I find the analogy with Christianity very interesting, especially as a Historic Protestant. I have also heard other interesting comments, especially that Islam has never had a Reformation like Christianity has. This allows for the Christian principle of the freedom of conscience is areas that are not specifically addressed in the Bible or Creeds. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Paul

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Yes, I agree that Islam needs to undergo something analogous to the Reformation. But because Islam is a religion of works, not faith, and because the Protestant Reformation has already taken place, its evolution will more likely be along the lines of the Haskalah than of the Reformation.

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