Muslim Prof Who Disputed Christ’s Crucifixion Resigns
“I think it’s a terrible injustice, but I do respect her decision.”
This is an update to a story we’ve been following for a few weeks now.
The College Fix reports:
Muslim professor at center of Christ-hoax controversy resigns
The Muslim professor who was accused by one of her students of asserting that Jesus’ crucifixion never took place and that Christ’s disciples did not believe he was God has resigned from Rollins College.
Rollins College President Grant Cornwell told the Orlando Sentinel that Professor Areej Zufari “resigned this semester because of the hateful threats and emails and phones messages she was getting. I think it’s a terrible injustice, but I do respect her decision.”
Zufari was at the center of a national controversy over the suspension of student Marshall Polston, 20, a Christian student in her class who challenged her claims — so much so that she took to accusing him of harassment. She filed a police report against him and told officials he made her feel unsafe, after which Polston was suspended.
According to the March 24 suspension letter, handed down right after Zufari’s police report was filed, Polston’s unspecified “actions have constituted a threat of disruption within the operations of the College and jeopardize the safety and well-being of members of the College community and yourself.”
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The student was recently reinstated:
Apparently there is a claim that the professor filed a false police report:
No it wasn’t an injustice. She is a hater and drew attention to herself. Further, I note that Muslims and liberals never show these hate mails.
Regardless of what went on between these two, it remains a fact that neither Jesus nor his disciples ever even considered the idea that he might be God, and would have been shocked had they known that people would late come to believe such a thing. They were all faithful Jews, to whom such an idea was anæthema.
The messiah they and all other Jews expected, and they thought he might be, was to be an entirely human king, who would defeat evil, establish a new kingdom faithful to God, reign over an era of peace and prosperity, and then in due course die and be succeeded by his son. That is the same messiah Jews are still expecting; not even slightly divine, just a righteous servant of the one and only God, Who has no physical form and will never have one.
You are of course correct in your statement of what Jews believe about the messiah.
You are incorrect about what Jesus said, and about what his disciples believed about him. The Christian scriptures are clear about what they heard and saw. Had they not believed he was God, they would not have spread his message nor died as martyrs.
This professor took the third route, the Islamic one, which claims Jesus was a great prophet but that he was not crucified.
This is not the place to have a theological argument about who’s right. The error the professor made was in claiming that disagreement with her viewpoint constituted harassment, and was preceded by her incorrect understanding of Christian teaching (which in her case comes from the Qur’an).
The Christian scriptures were written several generations after the events they purport to depict, by people from a very different cultural background. Jesus and his disciples would have been appalled at the beliefs it attributed to them.
Before deciding what the disciples “thought” it is necessary to read all the available literature, at least the NT, in Ancient Greek, or spend considerable time with secondary books & lectures familiarising yourself with the materials in their original language.
Regardless, this “professor” is a sham and Rollins ought to be ashamed. In a course on Middle Eastern Humanities- which I presume was Islamic Humanities, context is important. The professor should have been able to provide that context w/o asserting the correctness of her or anyone else’s views. She’s clearly incompetent and Rollins should not be using her.
Messianic Jews disagree with your “facts.” Or do you believe that they are no longer Jews?
Most of them never were Jews in the first place. “Messianic Jews” are as big a fraud as “Jewish Voice for Peace”.
That’s a nice little synopsis of what the professor was saying.