I am a Christian pastor who works as a collegiate minister with the Virginia Baptists at Virginia Commonwealth University. One of my areas of vocational interest and spiritual work is Christian-Muslim relations, including text-centered dialogues or conversations. During Ramadan 2011, I read through the entire Qur'an, in English, via Tarif Khalidi's 2008 translation (Penguin Books). What follows is a personal, meditative rendering of the Qur'an portion of the day. This rendering is devotional in nature, not scholarly. And it comes in the form of textual observations, spiritual reflections, theological questions or poetic responses.
Day 9 || Reading: Qur'an 7:88 - 8:40
Rendering from Qur'an 7:144-146
This text dramatically asserts that God, in effect, turns away the proud person from what He is revealing in the world. In the face of God's wonders it is the proud person who is especially susceptible. Maintaining a thick defiance, then, while beholding all manner of God's wonders is a sure sign that belief is literally nowhere to be seen.