Seyyed Hossein Nasr is an 82-year-old Iranian Islamic philosopher and University Professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University.
Seriously, who would want the job?
It is almost inconceivable that people who have perpetrated the acts of violence that have plagued the history of the Christian church might think they could find the slightest sanction in the New Testament for their actions.
Any Christian assessment of violence in any other religion must face the violence in our own sacred texts.
Even if the Qu’ran contains 109 verses that appear to call Muslims to go to war against infidels, it is clear that, the vast majority of Muslims, no longer practice or incite violence as a fundamental tenet of their faith. They must read their sacred texts in a way that enables them to continue to revere the words while understanding their implications in ways that do not demand taking up arms.
In an interview posted on YouTube 22 August 2015, Noam Chomski responded to a question about the origins of ISIS.
Belief systems are not defined only by the practices or lives of their adherents. They also in part carry the identity of the sacred texts to which they appeal for their tradition.
The price of peace is paid in the currency of forgiveness.
Is Islam an inherently violent belief system?