Off-Topic: Higher Criticism...of the Koran
Our friend The Traveling Priest has discovered a news story of potentially staggering importance:
An article about the rediscovery of an archive of documents purporting to provide evidence of the development of the text of the Koran over time.Fr. Chagnon is right that the Koran is considered to be a direct revelation from the Archangel Gabriel to Mohammed, which cannot be altered in any syllable. He overlooks one likely result of this story: the violent murder of any reporter, scholar, or researcher who pursues it.
Why is this important?
For over a century the Bible has been subjected to many different kinds of analysis as to sources, historical settings, literary forms, and language....
The prevailing understanding of the Koran among Muslims is that it is a direct dictation to Mohammed and word for word a replica of the perfect word of God. If it can be shown that the text of the Koran has undergone revisions, compilations, or other kinds of adjustments over time it would be a crucial readjustment of what is probably the central tenet of Islam, that Mohammed was a direct revelator of God's word. The implications could be staggering.
Keep your eyes open for this story.