Monday, November 01, 2010

Miller Time or Mecca Time: Islam at Oxford College Chapel

Chapel Quad of Pembroke College, Oxford                        Image via Wikipedia
The service was preceded by the Adhan, the Muslim call to prayer traditionally carried out by a man, which was read out by an 11-year-old girl from Marston.
The Rev Dr Andrew Teal, of Pembroke College, said he had been trying to get a Muslim Imam to deliver a service at the chapel for many years and he believed it was a first.
He said: “We wanted to do something which brought together Christianity and Islam, but not to create a third thing.
“I think what we are doing today is very unusual, certainly it’s the first time I have heard of it being done at the college.
The two faiths are actually very close."
Except for the parts about Muslims denying Christ died on the cross (no atonement), rose from the dead (no victory over death), insisting that Christ is in no way the divine Son of the Father (no incarnation and no Trinity) and the reversion from the wonderful news of God-given salvation by grace to salvation by personal merit based on works -- other than that, they are really close.

The Reverend no doubt wanted to do something significant. He has. But not in the way he thinks. For a Christian minister to invite a Muslim imam to preach is to deny Christ.

Muslim calls to prayer and preaching at an historic Oxford College Chapel. If Christians can't even keep their places of worship sacrosanct, what chance does society at large have to stop the intrusion of Islamic culture on the West?

I ask you, is it Miller time or Mecca time?
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Anonymous said...

Ugh! If a lay person says something like that I try to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they've been misinformed.

When a leader says it, I assume they are fakes and that Christianity may not be their forte'.

Joe said...

I would guess that the dear rev. is ignorant about Islam or else he is ignorant about Christianity or maybe he is actually ignorant about both Christianity and Islam. From experience I am leaning toward the latter. The number of times I have heard various professors of seminaries call Jesus a liar is astounding. It seems they are completely clueless regarding the most basic elements of Christianity and in truth are more advocates of secular humanism.

RkBall said...

I suspect to be involved in the ministry at Oxford Chapel, Oxford the man is very well-educated indeed -- in liberal Christianity.

Let's not forget -- the Episcopal Church in Denver CO USA has an Imam ON STAFF !!!

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"