I have just realised as I am typing this that the heading rhymes – surely this is no coincidence, but a momentous sign that this is a particularly important verse to pay attention to (I am being facetious – many words in English rhyme).
Paul has very kindly said I can return to Blogging Theology (I was a contributor years ago) to highlight my latest blog posts and videos, and to try and spark some conversations about them here on BT. Paul has been very kind about my content, and I in turn value Paul’s unique perspectives and content found here on BT and on his the BT Youtube Channel. I look forward to interacting more with his articles and videos as time permits.
Please do check out my blog post here – https://steelmanapologetics.com/produce-your-proof-if-you-are-telling-the-truth-q-2111/
The verse I discuss is:
Q 2:111 – ‘They [i.e. the People of the Book] also say, ‘No one will enter Paradise unless he is a Jew or a Christian.’ This is their own wishful thinking. [Prophet], say, ‘Produce your evidence, if you are telling the truth.’ (Abdel Haleem)
In a nutshell my argument is: if the Qur’an is divinely revealed, why would God say the words of Q 2:111 challenging the religious exclusivism of Jews and Christians, given that Christians can in fact easily ‘Produce [their] proofs’ by highlighting exclusivist texts (e.g. Mark 8:34-35; John 14:6)? The language suggests not that Jews and Christians have corrupted scriptures that teach mistaken doctrines, but that they are simply making things up with no foundation.
I would be happy to discuss this topic either here or there, and I hope it is of interest!