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PostNot All Religious People are Hypocrites (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 06/09/19 9:49 pm)
My deepest gratitude to Enrique Torner and Eugenio Battaglia for their extremely kind words about me. That was very humbling. I am very proud of getting the Caplenor Research Award but the truth is I could not have done it without my great partners all over the world from whom I have learned so much over the years.
Regarding my sharp criticism of all organized religions, I mean no personal insult to any religious person. I have great respect for many deeply religious people because of their behavior, including members of my family and close friends. On the other hand I must speak up since I finally understood that false gods are strongly and directly related to mankind's decadence, intellectual laziness, and lack of responsibility for their own decisions.
As John Eipper commented on my June 6 post, "serious theologians of established/hegemonic religions don't overlook the urgency of combatting hypocrisy in all its forms." I am sure some of these theologians are brilliant people and have always recognized the importance and struggled to fight hypocrisy. Think for example of Martin Luther who risked life and limb to fight the Catholic Church and ended up splitting the Christian religion. Unfortunately, it is like fighting greed in Capitalism. It is impossible because it goes against its own nature.
I am sure WAISer Muqtedar Khan's new book is great work. It may be very relevant to a better understanding of Islam, but I doubt it will make even a small difference resolving the greatest conflict within Islam today: the Shia-Sunni split. Some years ago I argued with my friend Soraya Sephapour-Ulrich about the huge theological problem that split represents in practice. She disagreed it was important. With such a schism, Islamic nations will be hobbled in the struggled to free themselves from Western dominance.
JE comments: Muqtedar Khan is careful in the introduction of his book to say that he has no idea what the impact will be. His exploration of Ihsan (perfection and beauty) urges Muslims to embrace love over law, and forgiveness over retribution. He does not address the Sunni-Shia schism, but does give a great deal of attention to the misunderstandings and misapplications of Shariah among many present-day Islamists.
I'll post further thoughts on Muqtedar's book upon my return to the US.