Chapter II:28: Unwritten Traditions: Roman and Mohammedan

β. In this erroneous hypothesis the Papists are also able to some extent to be called the Imitators of the Mohammedans, who also acknowledge to some extent the divine authority and origin of Sacred Scripture, but bewailing the corrupted Codices of today (see above, § 9); but they add or substitute another principium of faith, namely, the Koran (consult Chapter I:6):  but against the ἀξιοπιστίαν/trustworthiness of this Book HOORNBEECK, in his Summa Controversiarum, book III, pages 128-134, observes, apart from the fact that praises of the Koran are found in the book itself ad nauseam, which is not according to the dignity of a serious Writer, much less divine, the following things:  1.  Its author, Muhammed, was the most vile of bipeds, a fanatic, a demoniac:  consult above in HOORNBEECK’S Summa Controversiarum, book III, pages 113-122.  2.  This book shamelessly contradicts itself about its origin.  3.  The truths that it appears to adduce out of the history of the Old Testament, it mutilates and perverts, and no longer holds in a sound sense.  4.  The Koran’s ἀμεθοδεία, lack of orderliness, stands against its divinity.  5.  The Mohammedans themselves confess that in the Koran many things are retracted, emended, corrected.  6.  This book is in great part mutilated.  7.  It has many things contrary to itself.  8.  The lies, fables, and figments in the Koran are innumerable.  9.  It also has a great many foul, filthy, and wicked things.  10.  It incites men to barbarity and cruelty.  11.  The doctrine of the Koran is never confirmed by any miracle.  12.  If a comparison of the Koran with the Gospel is made, it will appear to be beneath the dignity of the latter to be compared with the former.  For a confutation of the θεοπνευστίαν/inspiration of the Koran read also what things were written by PETRUS DINANT, de Achtbaarheid van Godts Woord, chapter I, § 50-57, pages 83-97; and by HENDRIK LUSSING Matthysz, de Necessitate Religionis in genere, et Certitudine Christianæ in specie, vindicata, part I, dissertation V, chapter IV, pages 581-611, pages 454-482.

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  1. Westminster Directory for Public Worship, “Prayer before the Sermon” (facets of praying “thy Kingdom come”): “To pray for the propagation of the gospel and kingdom of Christ to all nations; for the conversion of the Jews, the fulness of the Gentiles, the fall of Antichrist, and the hastening of the second coming of our Lord; for the deliverance of the distressed churches abroad from the tyranny of the antichristian faction, and from the cruel oppressions and blasphemies of the Turk…”

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