maanantaina, helmikuuta 06, 2006

Niin totta

Niin totta silloin, niin totta tänään. Lainaus todelliselta selvännäkijältä:

I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. So far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.

Toinen samalta profeetalta:

It has been shown that, at times of general cultivation and equality, the human mind does not consent to adopt dogmatical opinions without reluctance, and feels their necessity acutely in spiritual matters only. This proves, in the first place, that at such times religions ought, more cautiously than at any other, to confine themselves within their own precincts; for in seeking to extend their power beyond religious matters, they incur a risk of not being believed at all. The circle within which they seek to bound the human intellect ought therefore to be carefully traced, and beyond its verge the mind should be left in entire freedom to its own guidance. Mahommed professed to derive from Heaven, and he has inserted in the Koran, not only a body of religious doctrines, but political maxims, civil and criminal laws, and theories of science. The gospel, on the contrary, only speaks of the general relations of men to God and to each other -- beyond which it inculcates and imposes no point of faith. This alone, besides a thousand other reasons, would suffice to prove that the former of these religions will never long predominate in a cultivated and democratic age, whilst the latter is destined to retain its sway at these as at all other periods.

2 kommenttia:

  1. Yrittäessäni selvittää mistä tuo ensimmäinen lainaus on peräisin (ei selvinnyt), törmäsin tällaiseen artikkeliin: Islam, democracy and Alexis de Tocqueville. Valitettavasti Amazon ei tällä hetkellä toimita e-tekstejä EU:hun, joten en saanut luettua tuota. Jos joku pääsee tekstiin käsiksi, lyhyt referaatti olisi mielenkiintoista kuulla :) (saa sen pikkupojan postiinkin laittaa ;)

  2. Anonyymi7/2/06 07:57

    Winston C. on harvoja oikeita Eurooppalaisia suurmiehiä. Kenestä tämän hetken näkijä ja tekijä, edes sikareita ei saa enää polttaa.


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