“The Human Was Created Out of Haste.” On Prophecy and the Problem of Human Nature in the Qur’an

@article{Reynolds2021TheHW,
  title={“The Human Was Created Out of Haste.” On Prophecy and the Problem of Human Nature in the Qur’an},
  author={Gabriel Said Reynolds},
  journal={Religions},
  year={2021}
}
In this article it is argued that the Qur’an’s doctrine of divine mercy is best understood in light of its pessimistic anthropology, an aspect of the text that is often underappreciated. The so-called “primordial covenant” verse (Q 7:172) of the Qur’an holds humans responsible for submission to God. The Qur’anic language on “signs” in the natural world suggests that humans should recognize God (and be grateful to Him) by reflection on nature alone. Yet, according to the Qur’an they do not. The… 

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