who chooses what we do? what we believe? can there possibly be morality without choice?
on such issues are religions, civilizations built. and, on such issues, or ignoring such issues, do civilizations fail.
the following is an exchange between chris and i about my previous post, http://wintersoldier2008.typepad.com/summer_patriot_winter_sol/2011/08/islam-on-very-thin-theological-ice-the-fallibility-of-prophethood-.html . in no place in that post is the phrase "free will" written by me, or adverted to by me. yet, it is central to the post, and central in the following exchange between chris and me, even though you will not find it there either, though it is suggested at my signature to the last letter.
consider these words, carefully, as they are the fulcrum between civilizations, civilizations which vie for dominance in this world. of the next, i have no direct nor personal knowledge.--
104. if people do not believe in god's revelation, god does not guide them, and a painful torment awaits them.
sura 16, "the bee," verse 104, the qur'an, a translation by muhammad a.s. abdel haleem, oxford university press, 2004, u.s.a., page 173.
follows the exchange between chris and me.
but, this is the position that i think islam finds itself on this revelation business, from another email to friends over this situation:
john jay @ 08.31.2011