Islam and the Question of Freedom
Rev. John C. Rankin
As a minister of the Gospel, my agenda toward the Muslim world is simple: I want to see all Muslim people enjoy the fullness of religious, political and economic freedom.
I also assume that the best way to advance such freedom is by a mutual embrace of honest questions. This starts with my freedom to receive any and all questions Muslim people might have of me. I am always free to be persuaded by the evidence.
Up front, here are five central questions I have for the Muslim world:
- What is the interpretive place of Surah 2:256? It says: “Let there be no compulsion in religion: truth stands out clear from error.”
- Does Surah 2:256 equal full religious freedom where all people are free to choose what they believe, and to change those beliefs if desired and convinced?
- To what extent has Islam across 1400 years been a one-way religion, where you may become a Muslim, but you may not leave Islam?
- How does the idea of a one-way religion square with Surah 2:256?
- I believe, too, that political and economic freedom depends on religious freedom. Thus, can religious, political and economic freedom exist side by side with a one-way religion?
And at Only Genesis and Questions for Islam, a larger series of questions is introduced.