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Peter Ochs, Ph.D.

Blog Entries by Peter Ochs, Ph.D.

Scripture, Science and Self in Islam

(63) Comments | Posted March 19, 2011 | 9:00 PM

What is Scripture? For the Muslim thinker Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), founding poet of the nation of Pakistan, the answer concerns science as well as the Quran, reason as well as faith, poetry as well as prophecy. In his influential book of philosophy and faith, 'The Reconstruction of...

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These Libyan Religious Scholars are My Friends Whether or Not They Want to Be

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 3:05 PM

I do not know how to read or write about Scripture this week without turning again and again to the words of anguish penned by religious scholars among the broad population of Libyans currently under siege by the national government. Today's plea is this:

The Network of Free Ulema has...

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What Is Scripture?

(236) Comments | Posted October 10, 2010 | 7:52 AM

This is the first in a series of blogs I would like to offer on the question, "What is Scripture?" In each blog, I plan to summarize and briefly comment on how this question is answered by one of a number different authors from various traditions. The blog is inspired...

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Renewing Abraham's Children in the New Year and Liberating Them from the Old

(10) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 6:52 PM

Every New Year I try to re-read the Old Year like a troubling text of Torah. I mean a text like this one from the prescribed readings for the second day of Rosh Hashanah: "Take now your son, your only son" (Gen. 22:2). The text troubles me not only because...

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