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The Church and Islamism - Christianity on Islam in the past


  Thomas Aquinas

Humphrey Prideaux, Dean of Norwich

Christian writings in the 18th century and later

Modern Christianity doesn't understand Islam


Christianity on Islam in the past

Christianity understood Islam much better in the past. Christians before the modern age clearly understood both the warfare of jihad and the oppression of sharia. They also clearly understood the character of Muhammad.

Yes, I know Christianity's past is itself full of crimes. But, on the issue of Islam at least, I kind of miss the days when Christianity stood up for itself.





Thomas Aquinas (13th century)

  
 
 
 

Thomas Aquinas talks about the religion of "Mahumete" in Book 1, Chapter 6, of Summa Contra Gentiles (13th century).
From pp.9-10 of 1664 edition (Bordeaux, France).



English translation of the above.
From p.13 of 1924 edition.


  

Humphrey Prideaux, Dean of Norwich (1697)

  

The true nature of imposture fully displayed in the life of Mahomet (1697) by Humphrey Prideaux, Dean of Norwich.
A popular book (many editions).
This is the 6th edn (1716).




From pp.45-46 of the 1716 edn.
See 1712 edn, pages 53 and 54.



From p.117 of the 1716 edn.
See 1712 edn, pages 140-141 and 142.




From pp.122-123 of the 1716 edn.
See 1712 edn, pages 146-147 and 148.
See modern graphic novel of the Zainab story.



Rev. Prideaux does not exactly believe that the Quran was divinely inspired!
From p.131 of the 1716 edn.
See 1712 edn, pages 158-159.



Mahomet's wives discover him in bed with Maria (see here), his 15 year old Christian sex slave.
Illustration opposite p.147 of the 1698 French translation of Prideaux's book.



The relevant section on p.124 of the 1716 edn.
See 1712 edn, pages 149 and 150.
See modern graphic novel of the Maria story.



Mahomet wielding a sword and trampling on the cross, the Ten Commandments and the globe.
From the 1698 French translation of Prideaux's book.
Book dated 1698, though drawing has date 1699.


  

Christian writings in the 18th century and later

  

From p.398 of A body of practical divinity (1759) by Rev. Thomas Watson.



From p.95 of A Catechism upon a new and improved plan (1793).




From p.40 onwards in True and False Religion examined (1797).





John Wesley talks about Islam on pp.34-35 of The Doctrine of Original Sin (1817).



From Pinnock's first catechism for children (1837).




However, not everything in the above makes sense!




From the Catechism of perseverance (1850).
Who would believe that by the 21st century the Catholic church would be complaining about blasphemy against Islam!



Extracts of the entry for MOHAMMEDANISM in vol.10 of The Catholic Encyclopedia (1913).




More from the Catholic Encyclopedia entry of 1913.
It refers to recent atrocities by the Turks.
I think Christianity understood Islam better in this period.





Modern Christianity doesn't understand Islam

Christianity in the late 20th century started to adopt left-wing narratives on many topics, and as a result has become bizarrely pro-Islam. Modern Christianity seems to understand Islam far less than its ancestors did.





The term used for Muslims has been constantly changing.
Mohammedan: This graph shows the decline of the term "Mohammedan" (various spellings).
This is a search on Google Books Ngram Viewer for the count of various words in scanned Google Books in 1780 to 1945.
The modern term "Muslim" is included to show the decline.
If we extend the graph to 2015, "Mohammedan" vanishes.



Mussulman: Another variant was "Mussulman" (various spellings).
The above is a search in 1780 to 1945.
Again, the modern term "Muslim" is included to show the decline.
If we extend the graph to 2015, "Mussulman" vanishes.



Moslem: The rise of the term "Muslim" is not quite as dramatic as shown above. It used to be spelt "Moslem".
The spelling "Muslim" only became common in the 20th century.
The above is a search in 1780 to 1990.
If we extend the graph to 2015, "Moslem" declines even further.



Not a Christian thing, but this 1903 cartoon in New York shows the standard Western view of Turkish oppression and jihad.
Bigotry? Not really. More like a sad prophecy. This is only a short time before the Turkish genocide of Christians began in 1909.
See full size.



I bought a 1712 edition of Prideaux's Life of Mahomet, just to own such an awesome object.
300 years old, and still edgier than any modern newspaper or any modern comedian.
See full size.



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