Sunday, June 09, 2013

Allah v. True God, Part II

A bit of distinguishing courtesy of Terry.

...The Church carefully maintains a distinction between the object of worship (God) and understanding of that object (belief ). What the Second Vatican Council emphasized was that the object of Muslim devotion is the one God. Neither in Nostra Aetate nor in Lumen Gentium do the Council Fathers state that Muslim belief is correct.

This distinction between the object of devotion and the belief of the adorer allows us to utilize still another distinction: between will and intellect. St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that devotion is an act of the will, whereas faith is an act of the intellect.

Same God, wrongly understood by the Muslims.


The Joker said...

"Same God, wrongly understood by the Muslims."

According to the RCC? The pope? You?

Please, spare us the sanctimonious bullshit.

Dad29 said...

This blog is not compulsory reading.

Please, spare us your antinomian outrage.

The Joker said...

Well, Daddio, your sanctimonious blog is nothing more than shit. Just saying, you fake Christian. So much for turning the other cheek.

Dad29 said...

When and if you graduate from junior high school, we'll talk.

Anonymous said...

The only thing that is juvenile is for any religious person to claim they have the monopoly on the "right" faith or truth, and that all others fall "short".

Anonymous said...

No one "has a monopoly" on truth. But the Catholic Church doesn't claim that. What is true, is true. What is not, is not.

It is what it is, friend.

Anonymous said...

Rely on platitudes, eh, anony 7:23 p.m.?

Grim said...

Regardless of comments to the contrary, this has to be right for the reasons we already discussed. If you're doing natural theology of the type that Avicenna or Averroes were doing, you have to be approaching the true God. This is because you are learning about God by his works, and his works are the real world that you live in.

You can be wrong about the details, or the interpretation of what those details mean. But you have to be pointed in the right direction.