Date: Wed, 26 Jul 1995 16:09:28 -0400 From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" 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. > > Tim Frazer\ > 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.