Tuesday, June 14, 2011

John Dickson interviews Diaa Mohamed

St. Eutychus reports the wonderful way the Sydney Anglicans have responded to a recent Muslim advertising campaign about Jesus. In the clip below John Dickson from the Centre for Public Christianity interviews Diaa Mohamed the man behind the campaign.  But go check out the original billboard and the subsequent response.


8 comments:

ish said...

What?? The OT & NT are corrupted in a "general sense". You can't look at specifics as in the gospel of Mark examples that Dickenson mentioned because "that would be nitpicking"?? ...

Luke Isham said...

Yes, but don't you like the way Dickson, cuts straight to the chase and draws out all the key issues?

Jon said...

I like this discussion and the billboard posts because no-one is getting shot at or even yelled at!

I think it's interesting in the way it skirts around the issue, though. Diaa Mohamed says muslims believe the OT and NT have been corrupted over time, while John Dickinson implies he would rather trust something written closer to the time than something further away.

However unless I've missed something vital neither of these is the reason they believe what they do. Muslims believe the Koran was dictated to the Prophet by the angel Gabriel and therefore it must be right and everything which contradicts it must be wrong. Christians believe the Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit and therefore is correct. The rest is just justification after the fact.

Outside this framework of inspiration there is no particular reason to believe either that the gospels have been tampered with over time, or that something written close to the time it happened is necessarily true.

Luke Isham said...

For less then 10 minutes (sound bite territory!) Dickson did well and it was good hear Mohamed not being wishy washy either in his answers.

Christians believe the Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit and therefore is correct. The rest is just justification after the fact. I'm not convinced. The apostle Paul makes a rational-historical case for the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15. To say Christianity is first spiritual and then rational unduly elevates the spiritual and downplays the role of reason (and history) in Christian belief.

Marion said...

Dickson has done a doco on the historicity of the life of Jesus. Have you seen it Jon?

Jon said...

@ Marion, thanks, have to check that out!

I'm not suggesting that the Bible is not a historical document Luke. What I'm saying is that's not why we accept its authority. All the events described in today's Courier Mail happened yesterday but I neither accept that everything I read there is true, nor necessarily accept the pronouncements of the editors and columnists as to what it means.

Jon said...

@ Marion, "The Christ Files" is also a book, now on order from the BCC library!

ish said...

Luke. Yes I did enjoy Dickson's deft cut and parry. The brevity of the bytes hardly allows registration of the holes he exposes.