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The Beautiful Message of The Qur'an

30.10.2020 (updated 01.11.2020). We are living in dangerous times. The West has by and large turned its back on God, and is gradually crumbling under a combination of decadence and wishful thinking (in several areas).

It's about time we start thinking honestly about God and existential questions in general, as well as Christianity and Islam in particular. Godlessness leads to foolishness (at least at the societal level), and the West is - unfortunately - a prime example of this.

Too many people have only the faintest ideas of what kind of a message is really found in the Qur'an. This applies to islamophobes and Islamic fundamentalists alike, as well as to many of those who belong somewhere between the just mentioned extremes.

Please refer to the compendium The Beautiful Message of The Qur'an (containing some 500 thematically ordered verses taken from Muhammad Asad's magnificent English translation), to see why I believe the above statement is warranted.



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HonestThinking is dedicated and committed to the art of thinking honestly. Yet honest thinking is not the same as true thinking, for it is possible to think honestly, but be mistaken. For the same reason, honest thinking is not identical with objective thinking either. Honest thinking is striving to get things right. This involves being truthful about whatever one publishes, but just as importantly, it involves an uncompromising dedication never to suppress relevant data, even when data collides with dearly held prejudices. Such an approach may sometimes cause hurtful revisions in one’s belief system. That’s what HonestThinking is all about! Read the entire manifesto.

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The current European immigration and integration policy is profoundly disrespectful of both Muslims and Islam, because it is built on the tacit assumption that the Muslims will become like us. One claims to have respect for Islam and for Muslims, but one also expects Muslims to give up their orthodox faith when they come here. At the same time one is assuming that Islam will be reformed and modernized as soon as the Muslims become integrated and understand and appreciate how superior our Western culture is compared to their own. This is cultural shauvinism and arrogance indeed! The unspoken premise for this scenario is that Western socities are superior to Islam. Read more.




Human rights and democracy are under pressure. One threat comes from the Western world, in the form of lack of or dishonest thinking. There exists a peculiar Western "tolerance" which is so "tolerant" that it even tolerates totalitarian or anti-democratic ideologies. A tacit assumption underlying such an attitude is that all cultures, world views, and religions are really equally good. As a consequence of this assumption one is cut off from the possibility of critically examining the above mentioned ideologies. Read more.