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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

Muslims and Creationism?

February19

Did you know that evolution is incompatible with the Bible the Qur’an? That some Christians Muslims dare to support the religion of Darwinism?

Thank Allah for the Qur’an, whose light of reason blazes brightly against the infidels!

(Not sure where I got that.  But, yes, that’s sarcasm, just in case that wasn’t clear.)

However, just to balance matters out a bit, please consider my prior post: “A Great Bargain”.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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God's Secret

December25

Even though God is in my life (what choice do I have?), I don’t know for sure that Christ rose from the dead. However, I can see that he changes the world every day.

The inspiration; the challenge; the secret is living your life like Christ. Its such an ambition, if you will, that can rally and unite men of all faiths – be they Christian, Jewish or Muslim.

For background, and the sake of this post, let’s assume that Christ was a real person.  

Though nobody knows when He was born (and the exact date is not important – especially given the “spirit” of this post) … the fact that He brought light and good news into the world during a time when the world was under the oppressive yoke of the Roman empire and other oppressive foibles of religion – both Jewish (NOTE: I feel my Jewish Brothers) and pagan. How strange must have been this good news – wise men, Magi, and kings bowing down to an infant they were compelled to believe radiated divinity. What an inversion of man’s power to rule! The world was turned right side up on that night. For no flags were unfurled when GOD – as He is understood today – crept into the world, from the arms of a little girl (that would be Mary).

It’s the world’s best known secret.

You might also consider:

“Defending Belief” – http://briancork.wordpress.com/2008/09/25/brian-cork-defending-belief/

“Jesus Christ and Santa Claus Smackdown” – http://briancork.wordpress.com/2008/12/05/jesus-christ-and-santa-claus-smackdown/

“Image” – http://briancork.wordpress.com/2005/03/14/image/

I am listening to “You’re So True” (go to iTunes) and “You’ve Been Loved” by Joseph Arthur.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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In Jefferson's Shoes

December7

So, on January 2, 2007 I posted A Great Bargain.  This was about then Representative-elect Keith Ellison, a Muslim, being sworn in on the Qur’an.

I really liked that piece, and I remain inspired.

Here is a bit more background that I have dug up as we continue to see the world today through the eyes of Thomas Jefferson…

Apparently Jefferson acquired his Qur’an not long after the injustice of the Stamp Act had forced him to seriously question the heritage of English constitutional law, and to seek ultimate answers in the ideas of natural law – and, natural rights.

Given the fact that he was devoting most of his time to the study of law, I suppose Jefferson could justify studying the Qur’an as well because it was/ is, essentially, a law book (or, book of laws).

Being, as Muslims believe, “the revealed word of God”, the Qur’an not only constitutes the sacred scripture of the Islamic faith, it also forms the supreme source of Islamic law. My take is that wanting to broaden his legal studies as much as possible, Jefferson found the Qur’an well worth his attention.

I am not trying to make a point here.  It’s simply that being Jefferson, the man was always looking for the alternative view.  This will, ultimately, be the foundation for my book: What would be Jefferson’s View?.

How would the world look from Jefferson’s view today?

This fascinates me. Truly this, say I.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

This weekend I have been listening to: Stronger by Kanye West, How Great Is Our God by Chris TomlinIs This Love by Bob Marley, Sorry by Buckcherry (However, I do prefer the acoustic version – you can get it on iTunes) and “Gunslinger” by Dan Fogerty (You can also find this on iTunes if you feel it’s important enough). I am, after all, both an enigma – and, a fellow with eclectic tastes.

And, I am a “Love Kat”.

Brian Patrick Cork

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Consider:  How Thomas Jefferson Read the Qur’an by Kevin J. Hayes, Early American Literature.

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Christians on Muslims or Not

July5

Christians on Muslims

The first and foremost rule is that when you are trying to understand another religion, you should ask the adherents of that religion, and not its enemies.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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