British scholars from the University of Oxford have said that fragments from the oldest discovered Quran appear to predate the founding of Islam by the Muslim prophet Muhammad, which could put into dispute some of the most central tenets of the religion.
"This gives more ground to what have been peripheral views of the Quran's genesis, like that Muhammad and his early followers used a text that was already in existence and shaped it to fit their own political and theological agenda, rather than Muhammad receiving a revelation from heaven," Keith Small of Oxford's Bodleian Library told the Times of London.
Some of the world's oldest fragments of the Quran were discovered back in July at the University of Birmingham, with radiocarbon dating projecting the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old. more >>
The Vatican has clarified in a statement that despite a recent news story of Pope Francis blessing Italian author Francesca Pardi, a lesbian who has written a children's book with positive depictions of gay families, the Roman Catholic Church's doctrine opposing gay marriage has not changed.
"The blessing of the pope at the end of the letter was directed to the person, not at any possible teachings that are not in line with the doctrine of the church … which hasn't changed a bit as the Holy Father has repeated even recently," said Vatican spokesman the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, according to Religion News Service on Monday.
Pardi, who lives in Milan, said that she wrote to Francis and was surprised when she received a letter back, in which the pope's staff conveys his blessing. more >>
"Downtown Abbey" is only a couple of weeks away from its sixth and final season, and its recently released trailer hints at a very dramatic end for the series.
The trailer for the last installation of Downtown Abbey will evoke feelings of both sadness and joy in the heart of its viewers, especially with its very melancholic background song. The trailer begins with Lord Grantham, who is played by Hugh Bonneville, talking to Mr. Carson (Jim Carter), and telling him that he could not stop time even if he wanted to, according to E! Online.
"If I could stop history in its tracks, maybe I would. But I can't, Carson. You nor I can hold back time," Lord Grantham said. more >>
After numerous rumors linking one of their biggest stars away from Barcelona, the Camp Nou club recently made a move that could keep Neymar with the Catalan club for good.
Reports have surfaced that the Barcelona hierarchy will offer the Brazilian star a five-year contract that has a corresponding wage increase that should restrict any team from trying to lure him away on a move.
Furthermore, talks have risen that Neymar's new release clause will be level with current star Lionel Messi at €250 million. more >>
Real Madrid's name has constantly been linked with a bid to try and lure Manchester United's David De Gea to a move to the Bernabeu. And now, rumors are circulating that there may be a shock move that links the La Liga squad to another player from the English Premier League.
Sources have revealed that Madrid are in the market looking for a new left back and publications like Tuttomercatoweb have linked Liverpool's Alberto Moreno to possibly move back to Spain.
Moreno's time with Liverpool has been up-and-down. He has yet to start this season and is unsure whether he has a spot in Brendan Rodgers' line-up. more >>
Despite being considered as one of the English Premier League title favourites after winning it last year, Chelsea are desperately trying to fill in the holes they have in the defensive end.
After four matches in the league, the Blues have only won once and have two defeats as they see themselves 13th in the league.
Aside from a barren spell in the offensive end of the pitch, the even more glaring issue for Jose Mourinho's men has been in the defence. more >>