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ISLAM IN OUR BACKYARD: A novel argument -TONY PAYNE

July 14, 2017

Does the Taleban represent the true face of Islam? Short essays on this subject are interwoven with fictional conversations between the author and his irreligious neighbour. A story develops from his stereotypical attitudes and builds to a climax when the neighbour’s daughter begins dating a Muslim boy! A very ‘corny’ending which  is followed by a clumsy appeal to penal substitutioinary atonement.

But the author quotes the Qur’an out of context (Sura 5 was about self-defence when attacked at the Battle of Badr; Sra 9 was after someone had broken a peace treaty) and then cites its interpretation by the Ayatollah Khomeini as if he were normative in the use of war and force.

His Protestant v/s Catholicism analogy for Sunni v. Shiah is over simplistic.

There is nothing about the sublime holiness nor the refined philosophy of Islam.

The title is a bit creepy – the conversations took place in a back yard but there’s a hint that the Muslims are getting too close or comfort.

The publishers also produce stuff by Philip Jenson so we are obviously in the hand of narrow Sydney Anglicanism.

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