Defense of Muslim/Jewish/Christian Abraham

December 18, 2006

We now seek to find a motive in the heart of the Muslim Abraham which would be one and the same as the “great gift” thesis of the defense of the Jewish/Christian Abraham earlier.

But here this “great gift” motive is so obvious as to almost be blinding. Here we see the plausibility of Abraham actions like those of a “seer” who is able to provide his son with a way into an immediate paradise which boggles the imagination of man. Abraham knows that he can go either way, either accept the dreamed command as authentic or reject it as merely a dream, and he decides to accept it because he is able in that way to induce his son to take this prize within his grasp that all the world would die to get, to die a martyr in honor of God’s command. And indeed this is not far from the Christian perspective, at least to this extent, in the same way that the Christian Abraham expected a speedy resurrection on earth, in that same way the Muslim Abraham, according to this thesis, expects a speedy resurrection in a paradise which dwarfs all that humans can conceive.

Now we have seen that the Jewish and Christian perspective can give us an Abraham who is acting for the sake of his son and knowing that his son would live, even though, as the Christians admit, even though he die. Here with the Muslim Abraham we have an iconic view of the epitome of fatherly love, where a father is willing to risk the sadness of separation in order to give to his beloved son the greatest gift that any human could possibly give, a divine gift. And where the sense of immediate resurrection removes all meaning to the term of murder.

And so then a single defense: Abraham acted in good conscience and entirely for the sake of his son.

Verdict: Kant is right in requiring someone to remove immorality from any alleged command of God, and we have shown that in the case of Abraham, from all three perspectives, Abraham did exactly that, he was able to understand the command in a moral way.

See also the Journal of Religion article on this subject.

Author contact: pmr#$kantwesley.com, replacing #$ with @

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