Monday, September 18, 2006

An Chonspóid Bhréagach is Déanaí

Táthar ag iarraidh na Mulsamaigh radacacha a ghríosú le cúpla lá anuas, mar gheall ar tagairt a rinne an Pápa Bennedict XVI d'impire ón analód (1391) a dúirt rud gan fiacal ann faoi chreideamh na Muslamach. Bhí sé ag déanamh aighnis le Muslamach nuair a dúirt. Bhíodh Críostaithe agus Muslamigh in ann argóint faoina gcreidimh san aois sin. Rinne Aquinas amhlaidh.

Má tá suim ag éinne, seo an léacht féin a thug an Pápa in Regensburg, sa Ghearmáin.

In the seventh conversation ("diálesis" -- controversy) edited by professor Khoury, the emperor touches on the theme of the jihad (holy war). The emperor must have known that sura 2:256 reads: "There is no compulsion in religion." It is one of the suras of the early period, when Mohammed was still powerless and under [threat]. But naturally the emperor also knew the instructions, developed later and recorded in the Koran, concerning holy war.

Without descending to details, such as the difference in treatment accorded to those who have the "Book" and the "infidels," he turns to his interlocutor somewhat brusquely with the central question on the relationship between religion and violence in general, in these words: "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

The emperor goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. "God is not pleased by blood, and not acting reasonably ("syn logo") is contrary to God's nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats.... To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death...."

Rinneadh ionsaithe ar Chríostaithe, agus maraíodh bean rialta mar gheall ar an ruala buala seo. Níl an locht ar an bPápa.

1 comment:

aonghus said...

Blagáilte agam fhéin leis an mbunteács anseo

Táim ar aon fhocal leat.