Archive: July 22, 2007 - July 28, 2007
1. WHAT IS JIHAD? UNDER WHAT CONDITIONS DOES ISLAM SANCTION THE USE OF VIOLENCE? WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SUICIDE BOMBERS WHO INVOKE ISLAM TO JUSTIFY THEIR ACTIONS? The term jihad literally means "struggle" and is understood in the Qur'an to...
By Pamela K. Taylor | July 27, 2007; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (226)
For Muslim women, the hijab is a form of modesty, security and protection.
By Hadia Mubarak | July 27, 2007; 7:44 AM ET | Comments (180)
JIHAD Prophet Muhammad described armed struggle against tyranny and oppression as a LESSER JIHAD. He also warned against the dark whisperings of the Nafs(ego) and called the fight against the lower self, the Greater Jihad. Ever since I can remember...
By Salman Ahmad | July 27, 2007; 6:42 AM ET | Comments (42)
What the "moderate" Muslims must do to demonstrate their desire to take back their faith from the radicals is to conduct a "jihad" against the extremists.
By Cal Thomas | July 25, 2007; 5:35 PM ET | Comments (84)
As a regular member of the On Faith panel, I am reluctant to bite the hand that publishes me. Nevertheless, I must point out that the "Muslims Speak Out" forum represents a gamut of opinion stretching, roughly, from A to...
By Susan Jacoby | July 25, 2007; 4:45 PM ET | Comments (198)
Change in the Muslim community will come from a reformation that embraces pluralism and rejects totalitarianism.
By Samuel Rodriguez | July 25, 2007; 3:08 PM ET | Comments (29)
There is an internal struggle today especially within Islam, Christianity and Judaism, over whether war can ever be considered "holy."
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | July 25, 2007; 2:33 PM ET | Comments (65)
Why is Islam such a violent religion? Does the Qur'an condone acts of terrorism? Why haven’t Muslims denounced the 9/11 attacks and suicide bombing? Whether in the media or public discussions, these are common and persistent questions. But, in fact,...
By David Waters | July 24, 2007; 9:18 AM ET | Comments (37)
Pope Benedict has now reminded us that there is no easy path to unity.
By Richard Mouw | July 23, 2007; 5:34 PM ET | Comments (46)
Pope Benedict has re-stated what the Church has always taught: Jesus founded the Catholic Church, which has faithfully passed on Christ's message. So what else is new? What did indeed seem new in 1964 was the Second Vatican Council's declaration...
By Thomas G. Bohlin | July 23, 2007; 4:31 PM ET | Comments (52)
“The Pope is right” was my opening line last week. He should have encouraged the bishops of that church to restore the Latin mass, which continues the formative sounds of the Latin church. Memory is audio, and silence is amnesia....
By Willis E. Elliott | July 23, 2007; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (34)
It seems to me that the Vatican comments are aimed principally at Catholic theologians who may express an ecclesiology different from the one articulated by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Introduction to the document reads:...
By Chester Gillis | July 23, 2007; 1:40 PM ET | Comments (27)
Those who do care are among those who most passionately want God’s message of abiding love made ever more available.
By Mark S. Sisk | July 23, 2007; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (8)
There is a man who stands on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago with a sign that says Russian spies are everywhere. Teenagers scoff at him, tourists take pictures and laugh, local businessmen elbow him out of their way as they...
By David Waters | July 23, 2007; 9:39 AM ET | Comments (829)
The Pope rejects relativism that would have us believe that in substance all religions are equal. This ought not to be confused with the equal right of everyone to believe as they choose.
By Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo | July 22, 2007; 3:56 PM ET | Comments (28)
I can also acknowledge fundamental differences between Christian churches without being offended.
By Michael Otterson | July 22, 2007; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (410)