Beacon Lights of History, Volume 05: The Middle Ages

John Lord Beacon Lights of History, Volume 05: The Middle Ages
ISBN:
2000000001740
Мова:
англійська
Автор:
John Lord
Видавництво:
Project Gutenberg
Рік видання:
2003 р.
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In regard to Mohammed himself, a great change has taken place in the opinions of critics within fifty years. It was the fashion half a century ago to speak of this man as a hypocrite, an impostor, even as Antichrist. Now he is generally regarded as a reformer; that is, as a man who introduced into Arabia a religion and a morality superior to what previously existed, and he is regarded as an impostor only so far as he was visionary. Few critics doubt his sincerity. He was no hypocrite, since he himself believed in his mission; and his mission was benevolent, --to turn his countrymen from a gross polytheism to the worship of one God. Although his religion cannot compare with Christianity in purity and loftiness, yet it enforced a higher morality than the old Arabian religions, and assimilated to Christianity in many important respects

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