Author: herman-roborgh

Interfaith studies offered in Pakistan

In Australia, courses on different religions of the world are readily available in many universities and colleges. But no such opportunity has been available in Pakistan. Minhaj University in Lahore, Pakistan now officially recognized by the Government of Pakistan has recently taken the initiative to open a School of Religions and Philosophy, the first of its kind in Pakistan. This new program will enable students to study all the religions that are practiced in Pakistan, namely, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. Some aspects of Judaism will be studied as well. Graduates of this program will have an adequate knowledge of different religions of Pakistan to support the work of inter-religious dialogue in this country. The program consists of two years of full time study. During the first year, students will attend courses on the different religions of Pakistan. While in the second year of the program, each student will be able to choose a particular religion for further research. Professors will be engaged from the Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Muslim communities to accompany the students in their research. In this way, students will obtain an insight into the religions of Pakistan with the help of a professor who actually practices that religion. Although there is widespread support for this new venture, prospective students in Lahore are wondering whether a degree in Religions and Philosophy will provide them...

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Evolution and the Believer

Evolution and the Believer

No scientific theory has yet succeeded in explaining the origin of life. Darwin’s theory of evolution was a theory about natural selection, not a theory about the origin of life.  The beauty of humans, animals and plants in the universe requires the existence of someone who brought this beauty into being. Just as a painting does not just appear from nowhere but requires the work of a painter, the presence of design and beauty in the universe points to the work of an Intelligent Designer. The theory of evolution claims that new species have developed from already existing species...

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Learning through interfaith dialogue

On Thursday 18th September 2014, I attended an interfaith event in Melbourne that was advertised as follows: “A Christian-Muslim Discussion. Is Muhammad (s) the Prophet in the Bible?” Venue: Melbourne City Conference Centre. The speakers were from two faith traditions, Christian and Muslim. The purpose of the discussion was to demonstrate whether or not Muhammad was a Prophet by appealing to the authority of the Bible. The Christian speaker tried to show by quoting verses directly from the Old and the New Testaments that Muhammad was not a prophet. The Muslim speaker, on the other hand, tried to show...

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