Koran Reading at Scottish Anglican Cathedral
The congregation at St Mary's cathedral heard the Muslim version of the Virgin Mary's conception of Jesus, from the Koran's Sura 19, sung by Madinah Javed. The passage explains how Mary gave birth after an angel told her God would give her a child.
Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet, and that He was a precursor to Mohammed rather than the Son of God ...
A post on the cathedral's Facebook page describes the service as a "wonderful event".
It says: "The congregation was also reminded during the service that it is not only Christians who give honour to Jesus. We were joined by friends from two local Muslim communities." The post also shares a video of the recitation.
Here's Surah 19.
Here's Surah 19 being read.
If Christianity is Truth then this is intolerable, and underscores the justification for a Christendom: people need a geographic redoubt in which to be good Christians and protect their children and the simple from error. Certainly Muslims do not hesitate to carve out their own exclusive cultural space. Of course, secular democracy cannot tolerate such a thing past a certain point as it must ultimately lead to collapse of the central state. The Canadian central state with its many-nations policy is going to be in serious trouble eventually, as more of its constituent nations decide to stop paying taxes to fund the other nations.
For now though, we continue our slumber in the happy dream of secularism, and religious sects compete in a highly transparent market (where, for example, a complete English translation of the Koran is a few keystrokes away) for adherents.
The Age of Evangelism is over. I'm not sure what Age comes next (actually I do: Identity) but Christian hierarchs should give this serious and prayerful thought.