The senior clergyman at a cathedral in Glasgow has defended a service at which passages from the Koran were read from the lectern.
I quote from the BBC report:-
“St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral has been criticised because the verses contradict Christian teaching about Jesus.
St Mary's invited local Muslims, who also revere Jesus as a prophet, to join the service. A student, Madinah Javed, read from the lectern in Arabic from the chapter of Maryam, or Mary.
The chapter tells the story of the birth of Christ to the virgin Mary, and includes the Islamic teaching that Jesus is not the son of God and should not be worshipped, which has provoked criticism from some Anglicans. (End of quote.)
I am reminded of the Pope-of-the-day’s intolerant demand that Galileo cease spreading “fake news” which contradicted the Church’s teaching on some issue. I understand that notwithstanding Galileo’s willing offering of evidence in support of his assertions, the Church took the view that his teaching was "foolish and absurd in philosophy, and formally heretical since it explicitly contradicts in many places the sense of Holy Scripture."
Happily however, recent news on this dispute is that the matter has been resolved in Galileo’s favour. Truth is what there is evidence for, all else is either myth, supposition or fabrication, and it seems the weight of Galileo’s evidence carried the day. Nonetheless, the outcome and the reconciliation did take many years – there always those in high places who resist the idea that weight of evidence should trump the weight of their authority.
On this present issue, the matter is binary - either Jesus is the son of God or he is not, both claims cannot be right. For myself I am pleased that Glaswegians, ever known as searchers after truth, beauty and goodness, have broached a discussion of this fascinating issue, and I look forward in due course to a resolution of the matter, one way or the other – if I live long enough, for already there are authoritarian voices from those in high places, who despite preaching tolerance, are notably intolerant of enquiry and eager to close down any discussion, to wit, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali: "The authorities of the Scottish Episcopal Church should immediately repudiate this ill-advised invitation and exercise appropriate discipline for those involved."