‹ Al Pacino is a beast as Shylock. He manages to make you empathize with him. But then again, Shylock is one of the greatest Shakespeare characters, both a victim and a villain.
Human evil is deep-rooted. Even religion, intended to root it out, often just stirs it up in interesting yet horrible ways. ›
Not so impressed that you want to share an example with us.
An example of the subtlety of my own thought would be that I would summarize Islam as a synthesis of OT Judaism with paganism.
The priestly rituals of the OT being replaced with the pagan rituals of Mohammed’s day.
Is that not subtle even if I say so myself?
No. Far from being subtle. I have read this outstanding work by a leading western scholar which explores his extraordinary thought.
Worshiping a 100% human and a 100% god is totally paganism
Worshiping a 100% animal and a 100% god is totally paganism
Worshiping a 100% stone and a 100% god is totally paganism
I do admire the prodigious research of Ibn Taymiyyah and his singleminded dedication to accumulating ever-expanding reservoirs of genuine knowledge. I think Paul Williams can be an Anglican mini Ibn Taymiyyah or (Ibn Catherine).
Knowledge is beautiful.