Let Me Rephrase That!

Your Layman's Guide to Abrogations

Paperback 204 pages

Let Me Rephrase That!16:101 And if We replace a verse by another – and Allah knows best what He reveals – they say: “You [Muhammad] are only a forger.” Surely, most of them do not know.


Of all the incongruities that devotees of a religion steeped in incongruities have to accept, the concept of abrogation has to be the most outlandish.

Abrogation is common in the real world as better information replaces old information. In the world of revealed truths (immutable facts communicated to a mortal by a god) abrogation should not even be the exception, it defies logic! And there lies the incongruity, the weirdness.

For the rational mind it is inconceivable that a god, in a book He claims to have written, in Arabic no less (classical Arabic is assumed), at the beginning of time, if not earlier, and in which He lays claim to infallibility, has to retract, annul or amend i.e abrogate what He said earlier.

Knowing what more than 200 revealed truths an assumed omniscient deity replaced or abolished, as mindboggling as that may seem, is essential to understanding the ultimate Message of the Koran.

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Cover art is a rendition of a picture of George Burns from a poster for the 1977 Warner Bros. film "Oh, God!". Like the movie, I hope you will consider Let Me Rephrase That! a mildly irreverent but never gratuitous treatment of a reverential figure.

George Burns