Date: Wed, 26 Jul 1995 16:09:28 -0400
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" ccoolidg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MOOSE.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: A History of God
On Wed, 26 Jul 1995, Timothy C. Frazer wrote:
I just finished Karen ARmstrong's book. While I found her bias against
Western Christianity a little heavy handed, I found the book interesting.
Especially her contention that Islam in its original Koranic form wa
smore tolerant of other religions and even of women than the current
version which she claims was hijacked by macho Arab imperialists. Any
comments? Please address me directly, if possible.
Western Illinois University.
As a student of comparitive religion in my spare time, I remember reading
somewhere that Islam wasn't even meant to be a religion; unlike Jesus, Moham-
med was not supposed to be God made flesh. Just a prophet passing on God's
word. Which got him banned from his home city of Mecca, because he was prea-
ching that all religions are true under the One God; as long as you believe
in One God, you are practicing true religion. He saw his mission as uniting
all monotheists, without necessarily creating a new religion. He reportedly
asked Jews and Christians to join him in what he saw as a common cause rather
than a religion; in fact he is reputed to have no interest in getting anyone
to change their religion, as long as they already followed the One God. For
some reason the Jews and Christians never took him up on it. I think Moham-
med, wherever he is, is horrified at what Islam and Christianity alike have
become. I don't think this is what he had in mind. He'd probably convert to
Judaism if he returned. I think you'll find this article in a recent issue
of Time or Newsweek, I forget which.