Thursday, February 2, 2012

Jefferson Koran

The stripped-down Jefferson Bible, featuring the ethical teachings of Jesus (sans gratuitous supernatural add-ons), is short and sweet. What if...?
And what if there were a comparably-elided Koran for the modern world? Maybe there is:
The Reformist Translation of the Quran offers a non-sexist and non-sectarian understanding of the divine text... It explicitly rejects the authority of the clergy to determine the likely meaning of disputed passages. • It uses logic and the language of the Quran itself as the ultimate authority in determining likely meanings, rather than ancient scholarly interpretations rooted in patriarchal hierarchies. • It offers extensive cross-referencing to the Bible and provides arguments on numerous philosophical and scientific issues. • It is God's message for those who prefer reason over blind faith, for those who seek peace and ultimate freedom by submitting themselves to the Truth alone...
And, of course, it's heretical.

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