Professor Alan Lurie writes about his beliefs on What God is. He is from a Jewish faith and this could be useful when asked in an exam or assignment about beliefs about God.
As a rabbi, I am often asked to define the word “God.” And as a person whose life is centred on knowing God, I’ve attempted to give thoughtful responses. But I’ve discovered that my attempts, which are given with the intention of reducing misunderstandings, usually produce the opposite results, and create more misunderstandings. This is because whatever one’s position — from atheistic to fundamentalist and all points in between — we all, as products of a culture steeped in religion, necessarily carry ideas about God, and many of these ideas can be held so stubbornly that any meaningful conversation is immediately derailed.
For many people, the word “God” just seems to ring badly. It feels stuffy, old-fashioned and self-righteousness — a relic from a less enlightened age. For others, the answer has already been given by the doctrine of their religion, and so the issue is closed. For others, the very notion of God is absurd, and so the issue is also closed.
Islam is the fastest growing religion today. One in five people in the world are Muslim. That’s over a billion people!
This post is all about an Introduction to Islam. I recommend starting with this video!
Muslims are found throughout the world. Contrary to common belief, most Muslims are not Arab. In fact, only 20% are from Arab countries. The largest communities are in Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.
There are many misconceptions about Islam and stereotypes surrounding the religion. It is as important as ever to study Islam in the modern day especially with recent current affairs.
The 7 Core Beliefs
There are seven core beliefs that all Muslims believe in. These are:
Belief in Allah as the one and only God
Belief in angels
Belief in the Revealed Book of God
Belief in Allah’s prophets
Belief in the Day of Judgement
Belief in Allah having a record of our actions
Belief in an afterlife
There will be a series of posts all about Islam as the class works through their National Coursework.