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© August 26, 2018
Jay Smith Ph.D. (photo Wikipedia)
The Vlad Tepes Blog posted a video on the origins of Islam. The video is about one-hour and nine-minutes and 48-seconds. It is presented as a history lecture by Jay Smith.
In all honesty, as of this writing, I have not watched the entirety on this truth exposed video. I will be going back and watching it incrementally to get the full gist of Jay Smith’s theme. May I suggest you do the same unless you have more time than I do. In which case, knock yourself out and watch the whole video in one sitting.
I am relying on the Vlad Tepes Counterjihad reputation for the reliability of the Smith lesson. Ergo, watch and learn.
Here is a Wikipedia excerpt explaining Jay Smith’s credentials as a legitimate scholar that is more than able to show the truth of Islam’s nature:
Jay Smith (born 1953) Jay Smith is a Christian evangelist, apologist and polemicist. Since 1983, he has been a full-time missionary with the Brethren in Christ Mission with a focus on apologetics and polemics among the Muslims of London.
Focus on Islam
In 1981, while studying for his masters, Smith attended a seminar on Islam and noting that there were only 1,500 Christians ministering to Muslims worldwide, he decided to become a missionary to the Muslim world and pursued a second master’s degree in Islamic studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.
In 1987, Smith moved to Senegal as a missionary and in 1992, he moved to London where he continued his education at the School of Oriental and African Studies and the London School of Theology In 2001, he halted his education to concentrate on apologetics following a series of Islamic terrorist attacks, including the attack of September 11, 2001.
In 2010, Smith resumed work on his Ph.D at the Melbourne School of Theology which he completed in March of 2017He helped run the Hyde Park Christian Fellowship, which emphasises the use of Polemics with Muslims alongside Apologetics, and has made appearances at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London for over 24 years. Smith also engages in formal public debates with prominent Muslim apologists and scholars including Omar Bakri Muhammad, Azzam Tamimi, Shabir Ally, Anjem Choudary, Abdur Raheem Green and Edip Yükseland South African Muslim apologist Yusuf Ismail on peace and violence in the Qur’an and the Bible.
Smith believes that although both Islam and Christianity include radicals, moderates, and liberals, it is radical Muslims that commit violence as they take the Qur’an seriously, while radical Christians who also take the Bible seriously serve others in love. He claims that radical Muslims model their lives on Muhammad, while radical Christians model their lives on Jesus Christ. Smith believes the growth in radical Islam in Britain is due to disaffected Muslims, often minimally religious, returning to their Islamic roots. He says that after reading the Islamic scriptures, (the Qur’an in conjunction with the hadith, tafsir, and sira), they come to the conclusion that the Salafi/Athari understanding is the true form of Islam. Smith also believes that although Western actions in the Islamic world can instigate Muslim discontent, it is the Islamic scriptures that encourage the violence. He also rues the fact that moderate Muslims are not able to challenge the radicals using scripture because he believes the radicals have the scriptural authority. Smith believes that ultimately Muslims and others will realize that the Muslim scriptures, coupled with the example of their prophet Muhammad are irrelevant to modern times. (Jay Smith (Christian apologist); Wikipedia; last edited on 7/30/18 20:55 (UTC))
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