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in response to reader comment: Guess who converted to Islam in Q3:18? What a disaster!

Submitted by Prashant, Jan 28, 2018 at 19:10

Dear Dr Pipes,

I have verified and I endorse what DNM said about Quran 3:18. The author of Quran probably does not understand that circular logic cannot hold. Indeed, in Q3:18 Allah pronounces that he testifies that there is no diety except Him (Exact quote: Allah witnesses that there is no deity except Him, and [so do] the angels and those of knowledge - [that He is] maintaining [creation] in justice. There is no deity except Him, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.)

This self attestation of His supremacy by Allah in Q3:18 is completely confusing to readers like me. Perhaps Q3:18 will make more sense in original Arabic but if the above translation is correct, it makes little sense.

I know that religious scriptures of all religions are subject to contradictions, non-understandability, and leaps of faith. So I will not mind if Quranic verses also suffer from such things but what troubles me is that Quran --with all its shortcomings-- is teh biggest source of religious hegemony and ethnocentrism. What can we do except repeating it over and over again.

Thank you DNM for pointing out.

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