Sunday, January 29, 2012

France's Great Statesman, Writer, Poet and Nobleman on Muhammad, The Prophet of Islam

Alphonse de Lamartine, 
Writer, Poet, Politician, Statesman and Nobility
Co-Founder of the Second Republic

Philosophers and Historians are the most apt people to project the collective intellectual essence of mankind.  They embody the spirit and educate the mind of humanity. They pave a perspective of past pathways on which we can move across our present and use their wisdom as a torch to light our future. And that is why their choices for the great among men, and their judgment of their deeds in setting off mankind’s great triumphs, trials and tribulations do count.

Great philosophers and thinkers have rendered judgments on Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. In reading Alphonse de Lamartine, we stand before a judge, from the age of enlightenment; a Writer, a Poet, a Politician and Revolutionary nobility with power, wisdom, leadership and certitude.

Alphonse de Lamartine, as were all French men of his genre, was born and raised Catholic, but turned Pantheist Naturalist; which is the more moderate form of Pantheism; an arcane, little known semi-extinct faith. He is the author of the poetic masterpiece “Jocelyn and La Chute d'un ange” and wrote Histoire des Girondins, which topped the greatest of French literary works and earned him an unprecedented membership in France’s most prestigious Académie Française.

He was chosen premier for a time of turmoil for France and held the dossier of France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. But his political career reached panacea when he was appointed member of France’s Supreme Executive Committee and was instrumental in laying the foundation of the Second Republic.

With such eminent curriculum vitae, it is hardly surprising that he should have no difficulty recognizing greatness when it came before his notice.

The World's Greatest Thinker / Philosophers on Muhammad; the Prophet of Islam

 Renan on Muhammad, 
The Prophet for all of Humanity

Ernest Renan, arguably the greatest philosopher of the school of Higher Criticism, and certainly one of the most renowned theological historians of modern time and by far, 19th century's most influential philosopher to ever write in the Franco-phonic language on Hebraic and Middle Eastern Civilizations; Judeo-Christian and Islamic.

Renan subjected the existing canonical scriptures to the same standard of historical scrutiny as any other source of history and insisted on subjecting all scriptural heritage to higher criticism. His arguments on the lack of authenticity in much of the canonical scriptures, while inspiring to the enlightened mind, earned him the wrath of the Catholic Church.

Described by France's Supreme novelist; Anatole France as the greatest modernist in France's entire literary history, Ernest Renan certainly left us with a delineating mark on the subject of discerning historical truths from pseudo-religious myths.

Renan wondered whether Moses; the Great Prophet of the Children of Israel, ever existed. And whether we can afford to muse over his "la raison sous-jacente" which might have compelled this kind of doubt, and which he attributes to both historical contradictions and scriptural inconsistencies, we mustn't waste too much time wondering about the criteria that he employed to arrive at the stark truth about Islam on which he lavished the splendor of his writing. 

Citing what he comfortably called "Islam's supreme spiritual authority", Renan called upon France to employ its moral imperatives to transcend religious hatred and accept the axiomatic inevitable when viewing The great Prophet of Islam and his sublime divine message.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Encyclopedia Britannica on Muhammad; The Prophet of Islam

Encyclopedia Britannica On 
Muhammad, The Prophet of  Islam
(Vol. 12)

“.... A mass of detail in the early sources show that he  was an honest and upright man who had gained the respect and loyalty of others who were like-wise honest and upright men."

“…Muhammad is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities including Jesus and Moses."

“.... A mass of detail in the early sources show that he  was an honest and upright man who had gained the respect and loyalty of others who were like-wise honest and upright men."

“…Muhammad is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities including Jesus and Moses."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Entire Human Race Has a Potential For Becoming Morally Retarded?

At This Pace, The Entire Human Race 
Will Eventually Be Morally Retarded?

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Edward Gibbon, the preeminent historian of the renaissance sat musing amidst the ruins of the old Grandeur of the once great Roman Capitol, while the barefoot friars sang their vespers in the Roman Temple of Jupiter, and wondered whether the fate of the Human Race would not mimic that of Rome.  So, in other words, the idea of chronicling the crimes, follies, and calamities of mankind did not come to him from a thought vacuum. Soon thereafter he embarked upon writing the History of the Fall of the Roman Empire.

Arguably the greatest work ever written in the English language, Gibbon’s  “”Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”” is an open Veranda looking upon the procession of Rome symbolizing the fate of the human race if the corrosive and debilitating effect of immorality is left to wreak havoc in the social fabric of mankind!

Gibbon says that when faith declines, morality follows exponentially, and when that becomes deeply entrenched cerebral capacities falter and soon man fails to recognize the delineating lines between good and ill.

When you analyze these sentiments from a 21st century perspective and view the attached video with an eye on the history of the cause and effect of mankind's trials and tribulations, you can’t help but translate it into the following muse:

When Faith declines, moral values disintegrate. This is followed by a pervasive retarded sense of propriety, and that triggers a series of retarded behavioral patterns because everybody becomes morally retarded with no difference between participants and observers …

Finally the entire Human Race becomes absolutely retarded; morally, mentally, behaviorally; and that was the inscription etched on the milestone of the road that led to Rome!