From: J. R. Molloy (jr@shasta.com)
Date: Sat Sep 22 2001 - 18:42:24 MDT

From: Greg Burch
<<You say that very few modern Arabs read the entirety of the Q'ran. It's
actually a very slim book and of the three religions that have "sacrelized the
text" (a term I have developed in my own study of religious memetics), Islam
seems to be the most concrete in its apotheosis of the "logos" . . . so I
wonder about that. Anyway, I mean to find out.>>

Here's a URL to help you in your research

Interesting excerpts:

YUSUFALI: Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the
Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou
find those who say, "We are Christians": because amongst these are men devoted
to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.
PICKTHAL: Thou wilt find the most vehement of mankind in hostility to those
who believe (to be) the Jews and the idolaters. And thou wilt find the nearest
of them in affection to those who believe (to be) those who say: Lo! We are
Christians. That is because there are among them priests and monks, and
because they are not proud.
SHAKIR: Certainly you will find the most violent of people in enmity for those
who believe (to be) the Jews and those who are polytheists, and you will
certainly find the nearest in friendship to those who believe (to be) those
who say: We are Christians; this is because there are priests and monks among
them and because they do not behave proudly.

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment

We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.


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