The Riddle of Nearer Asia by Basil Joseph Mathews

The Riddle of Nearer Asia

byBasil Joseph Mathews

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 Excerpt: ...code which itself permitted polygamy and brigandage--by marrying a captive woman Safia three days after the death of her relatives,, by committing incest in making his adopted son divorce his wife and immediately marrying her himself, and by robbing pilgrims on their way to Mecca; and who then proclaimed divine "suras", declaring these acts to be the will of Allah. As W. H. T. Gairdner has said--"As incidents in the life of an Arab conqueror, the tales of raiding, private assassinations and public executions, perpetual enlargements of the harem, and so forth, might be historically explicable and therefore pardonable; but it is another matter that they should be taken as a setting forth of the moral ideal for all time." V What, in contrast with Islam, are the principles of Christianity as a plan for civilisation--again leaving aside the question how far a normally Christian civilisation approximates to its ideal? The oneness of God is as absolute in the faith of Christ as in that of Mohammed. But unlike the Allah of Islam, the Christian God is not solitary. Islam strikes one clear note in the music of God's nature; Christianity strikes a rich, full, perfect chord. And the unity of the chord is not less but is higher than the unity of the single note. Just as the leg or arm is not a true unity but a fragment, whereas the body made up of all the members is an absolute and perfect unity; so the Allah of Islam is not a true unity but a fragment--a broken torso of God, whereas in the Christian Faith we discover the fulness of the infinite stature of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, transcendent above man, yet immanent in him, and "in Christ reconciling the world to Himself." How, then, does the system of Christianity contra...

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Title:The Riddle of Nearer AsiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:May 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217368581

ISBN - 13:9780217368582

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