Okay, no, seriously don’t. That was just to grab your attention. So, normally I don’t cover the news as this isn’t really intended to be a latest news kind of blog, but…. I just can’t give these guys enough free press (for whatever it’s worth). Acts 17 Apologetics–the same folks who were arrested in Michigan for quietly evangelizing in a public venue–have released a hilarious satirical video in response to the recent events in regards to the “International Burn the Qu’ran Day” proposed by Pastor Terry Jones of Gainsville, FL.
In summary, the video illustrates that there’s already been a book burning–perpetrated by Islam itself. And that, in reality, the more Qua’ranic material we have the more basis we have to examine its claims.
Any tenable position will bear the light of examination. If one really feels something is true, then one will invite criticism and seek to preserve as many words as you can. This is why we not only have nearly 7,000 ancient manuscripts of the New Testament in the original Koine Greek, but numerous copies of Gnostic texts as well and the Christian scholar rejoices when we find another copy of, say, the Book of Thomas or the Book of Judas. (Contrary to popular myth, Gnostic texts are often ill-preserved due to historical apathy more than active animosity). I myself preserve a few choice books from the Watchtower, the Book of Mormon, and Mary Baker Eddy’s Christian Science treatise, as well as a software library of Watchtower material from 1874 through 2006.
Meanwhile, the Islamic attitude is best summed up in the following quote in regards to the library of Alexandria: “As for the books you mention, here is my reply. If their content is in accordance with the book of Allah, we may do without them, for in that case the book of Allah more than suffices. If, on the other hand, they contain matter not in accordance with the book of Allah, there can be no need to preserve them. Proceed, then, and destroy them” – Amr ibn al ‘Aas
Book burning may be what Nazism and Islam is all about, but it’s not a very Christian practice at all.