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Jul 16 2012

Christian Prof Doesn’t Say Jesus a Muslim

The Worldnutdaily does its usual job of distorting the truth with this article about a Christian professor who thinks Jesus’ focus on social justice is similar to the focus of much of the Quran. But since that doesn’t sound outrageous enough, WND distorts that and says that the professor “says Jesus was Muslim.” The lie is in the very first sentence:

A professor at an Iowa college says as a Christian, he has to say that Jesus was a Muslim.

But the professor didn’t say that:

In a video report that was uncovered by CampusReform.org, the professor is interviewed by In The Community television in Raleigh, N.C.,

Shedinger said the issue arose when a Muslim student challenged his teaching about Islam, and he rethought not only Islam, but all of religion.

He came to perceive Islam as a social justice system instead of a religion, and found that he thought the same about Jesus.

“I had to rethink what Islam is,” Shedinger said in the interview. “I came to the conclusion that it was a social justice movement and I think that’s who Jesus was in the first century so I conclude Jesus is more like a Muslim.”

That simply isn’t the same thing as saying that Jesus was a Muslim (he could not have been, of course, because there was no Islam until about 700 years later). I don’t think the folks at the Worldnutdaily give a damn whether anything they report is true.

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  1. 1
    matty1

    It’s just bog standard liberal Christianity, social gospel combined with ‘respect’ for other religions. It may be new for this particular professor but the ideas have as much of a place in Christian history as the version Farah prefers.

    If he had accepted the full Muslim version that Jesus was an Islamic prophet whose teachings were distorted it might be newsworthy but then he probably wouldn’t call himself a Christian professor any more.

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    Michael Heath

    The rise of Christianity and Islam both correlates with the societal transition from rural tribes to small city states in the geographic areas where these religions respectively began, where social inequities were made obvious. So both Jesus and Mohammed gave disproportionate attention to the need for those better off to attend to the less fortunate in spite of their being blood relatives. Islam came latter simply because the evolution of that area’s societies lagged behind the area of Galilee which had become a juncture in trade routes.

    This is introductory stuff taught in comparative religion classes and long-understood by those who study religion within a historical context. Of course conservative Christians share an attribute of historical ignorance and a distorted view of reality, so it’s no surprise they mangle comparisons of religions to suit their current religious and political objectives.

  3. 3
    Modusoperandi

    I don’t think the folks at the Worldnutdaily give a damn whether anything they report is true.

    They do! I mean, if truth got in to one of their stories it would ruin their perfect record.

  4. 4
    d cwilson

    “I had to rethink what Islam is,” Shedinger said in the interview. “I came to the conclusion that it was a social justice movement and I think that’s who Jesus was in the first century so I conclude Jesus is more like a Muslim.”

    But according to Glenn Beck, social justice leads to nazism, so the professor is saying Jesus was a nazi!

    Can’t wait until Worldnutdaily picks that as their next headline.

  5. 5
    Pinky

    Correct me if I am wrong, but Jesus wasn’t even a Christian.

    WND headline: “LIBERAL COMMENTER AT FREETHOUGHT BLOGS SAYS CHRIST NOT CHRISTIAN! Whats next, Jesus was a Jew?

    A lot of to-do over a man who no one can conclusively prove even existed. Discussing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin would be as productive.

  6. 6
    ttch

    Ed Brayton wrote:

    That simply isn’t the same thing as saying that Jesus was a Muslim (he could not have been, of course, because there was no Islam until about 700 years later).

    Muhammad said that every child is born a Muslim. Further, Muhammad’s parents believed in God (his father’s name, Abdullah, is Arabic for “Slave of Allah”) and did not worship idols, so that means they were also Muslims, even though both were dead before the revelation to Muhammad.

    That is the position held by many Islamic authorities.

    Pakistani M.D. Younus Shaikh discovered this the hard way by mentioning during a college lecture that Muhammad did not become a Muslim until he received his first revelation at the age of 40, and that his parents were non-Muslims. A mob organized by the Committee for the Protection of the Finality of the Prophethood threatened to burn down the medical school and the police station if action wasn’t taken. Though Shaikh denied every aspect of the charge he was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death. He was released on appeal and fled the country.

    So, yes, by that logic Jesus was a Muslim.

  7. 7
    Modusoperandi

    Now you’re just being ridiculous. Jesus wasn’t a Muslim. He was a Republican.

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