Humphrey Prideaux, Dean of Norwich
Christian writings in the 18th century and later
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.
English translation of the above.
From p.13 of 1924 edition.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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I bought a 1712 edition of Prideaux's Life of Mahomet.
300 years old, and still edgier than any modern newspaper or any modern comedian.
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