This famous lecture is provided on a CD.
In this lecture that Dr. Bilal Philips has provided in many countries, he delves upon the concept that ties Christianity, Hinduism and some other religions – and that is “the concept of God becoming man.” With many historical references and examples, he effectively addresses (from an Islamic perspective) the fallacy of God becoming man. In this lecture, you will hear interesting references to stigmata*, pantheism, polytheism and much more.
Stigmata: Stigmata are bodily marks, sores, or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus, such as the hands and feet. The term originates from the line at the end of Saint Paul's Letter to the Galatians where he says, "I bear on my body the marks of Jesus." Stigmata is the plural of the Greek word stigma, meaning a mark or brand such as might have been used for identification of an animal or slave. An individual bearing stigmata is referred to as a stigmatic or a stigmatist.
Pantheism is the view that the Universe (Nature) and God are identical. Pantheists thus do not believe in a personal, anthropomorphic or creator god. The word derives from the Ancient Greek: (pan) meaning ‘all’ and (theos) meaning ‘God’. As such, Pantheism denotes the idea that “God” is best seen as a way of relating to the Universe.
Polytheism is the belief in multiple deities also usually assembled into a pantheon of gods and goddesses, along with their own mythologies and rituals.
About Dr. Bilal Philips: Dr. Philips was born January 7, 1947 in Jamaica, but grew up in Canada, where he converted to Islam in 1972. He received his B.A. degree from the Islamic University of Medina and his M.A. in Aqeedah (Islamic Theology) from the King Saud University in Riyadh, then to the University of Wales, UK, where he completed a PhD in Islamic Theology in the early 90s. Philips comes from a family of educators, as both his parents were teachers and his grandfather was a Christian minister and Bible scholar.