Is the Taliban more biblical than Christians?

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“If a man commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, both the man and the woman who have committed adultery must be put to death. (Lev 20:10 NLT)

File this under biblical literalism and just how far are you willing to go? Or maybe, ‘canon within a canon’, because believe it or not, Christians have a canon within a canon. We know that the Taliban makes a big deal about falling Islamic law which is similar, in vein, to Levitical precepts:

Horrific video footage has emerged of Taliban insurgents stoning a couple to death for alleged adultery in northern Afghanistan.

Hundreds of villagers can be seen on the video standing around as the woman, Siddqa, is buried up to her waist in a four foot hole in the ground.

Two mullahs pass sentence before the crowd begins to throw rocks at her head and body as she desperately tries to crawl free.

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You might not want to watch that video…

Anyway, it got me to thinking about the dispersions we constantly cast upon Muslims, especially the conservative to the Fundamentalists. But, aren’t they simply taking their sacred text seriously? And, more importantly, aren’t they taking the text in Leviticus serious? Are they in fact more literal than we?

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

8 thoughts on “Is the Taliban more biblical than Christians?

  1. I think they they are much more literal that “we” are, by almost any definition of “we.” And I think that that’s the problem.

    Judaism and Christianity (both Catholicism and Protestantism) have undergone modernization reformations, progressing from what they once were.

    Islam as practiced by the Taliban has not, which is why most modern Westerners find it medieval in the worst sense of the word.

  2. Joel, you fail to realize that from a New Testament perspective the sanctions in the Mosaic Law are no longer in force. This applies to sanctions concerning adultery (Leviticus 20,10 vs. John 8,1-11), idolatry (Deuteronomy 17,2-5 vs. 1 Corinthians 5,9-13), sorcery (Exodus 22,18 vs. Acts 13,6-12) or fortune-telling (Leviticus 20,27 vs. Acts 16,16-18).

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