I wouldn't dismiss it on grounds of geography. Before Islam, the Hijaz mainly existed as a trade route between the Levant and the Horn of Africa. I would not rule out the influence of Aramaic language or Aramaic culture. However, Luxenberg's claims go well beyond simply positing cultural contact. Aramaic and Arabic are both West Semitic, and I'm skeptical of Luxenberg's claims to be able to identify "Aramaisms" in the Hadith. The problem is that there are not enough long Arabic texts preceding the Quran to act as an effective control group against which his theories could be checked. His arguments thus become arguments from silence, i.e., "We can't find X in pre-Islamic Arabic, but we can find X in Syriac, therefore X came from Syriac." There's not enough evidence to substantiate that.
Right. I'm all for cross-race, cross-ethnicity hiring, so long as the hired people are competent and don't drag down the position and their fellow workers with "special needs" issues. Unless the job is specifically for trainees, the employee must be expected to understand and perform the job as described.
Why are you always here to perverse errthing up smh.
Well, I don't worship either. But atheists would agree that the people who do worship worship what they think God is (rather than what God might actually be, that's the sneaky bit :P)
He left you as evidence.
?giant gold Goliath? doesn't sound like mocking.
They didn't discount anything. Just encouraged you to ask questions. You don't find answers just by regurgitating what your pastor tells you.
And if you don't believe because those like you haven't met their burden of proof as claimants, that's logic!
Wait. In a thread about your beliefs you ask me to define terms? That can't be right. It's of course my fault. I was flippant in my answers. (Because I was on a tablet and an on/off internet connection that broke down eventually.)
What if the fat man was Winston Churchill, and the woman tied to the tracks was the pregnant mother of the future Hitler?
Only dumb people....like Rudy.
The good Samaritan story is morally instructive. No problem with that.
I think they both need to mind their own business
you are a mod and you insist atheism has an ideology? That is very uninformed
Now you are chaning the subject. But no, the fact that our universe has very little life may slighttly favor your position. But the fact that a universe with any life at all exists does favor the theist perspective IMO.
Um...no, a business can't just refuse service to anyone like that. If they're a law-abiding member of the public, they can shop at the store.
Thanks - great movie.
You are welcome.
She lost. Get over it.
I know the definition
When you post stuff complaining about Muslims entering a non Muslim community and taking over, you're being a bigot.
I?m a scientist though. I don?t do proof
Not hardly. But I've heard clips of contemporary numbers that display exactly that.
And in which language did this god speak language into existence?
Lol again, depends on the issue for me. I've got a diverse group of friends -- various backgrounds in tax brackets, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion. If someone says some ignorant chit, it's not a matter of opinion. It's ya ig'nant [lol]. If you aren't open to understanding why that may be ignorant [and I say this to myself because my ass has been rightfully checked where need be], and that your 'opinion' is just wrong, we aren't friends lol.
Yo you mad late lol
Does your wife know?