A modest suggestion for Christmas

A modest suggestion for Christmas November 28, 2018


A calligraphic rendition of the name of the Prophet
“Muhammad, upon whom be peace” in Arabic calligraphy
(Wikimedia Commons public domain image)


Several years ago, I published a biography entitled Muhammad: Prophet of God.  It was essentially my section from David Noel Freedman and Michael J. McClymond, eds., The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus and Muhammad as Religious Founders, a hefty (and heftily-priced) volume that featured a foreword by the celebrated/controversial Swiss theologian Hans Küng.


It’s a simple narrative biography, a pretty straightforward and non-theoretical one, that doesn’t pretend to break significant new historical ground but seeks to tell the basic story of Muhammad as clearly as possible.  On the whole, I’ve been gratified at the response to it.  I’ve been especially pleased that the Muslims who have spoken to me about it seem overwhelmingly to have liked it.  (Unlike many anti-Mormons, I think it important that descriptions of other peoples’ religious beliefs should be recognizable to those people.)


I was also amused at some of the responses from conservative Christians.  One in particular.  A certain Protestant polemicist, based in Arizona, who opposes other faiths (principally Mormonism, Catholicism, and Islam) as a kind of full-time job — in my judgment, he’s something of a professional religious bigot — was especially incensed that a very respected and influential Evangelical publishing house (Eerdmans, in Grand Rapids, Michigan) was distributing a sympathetic biography of Muhammad written by . . . a Mormon.  Ick!  Could anything possibly be worse than this?  (His indignation still brings a smile to my face.)  If such things are allowed to continue, why, people might begin to respect each other’s religious beliefs, and who knows how that might end?


Well, one of the functions of this blog is to advertise things.  Including, sometimes, my things.


As biographies of Muhammad go, Muhammad: Prophet of God is surely not the worst.  I spent quite a few hours writing it.  The least you can do is to buy a few hundred copies of the thing.  Give them to all your relatives.  It’s Christmas, after all.  Stuff them in socks to hang by the fireplace.  Or here’s a fun game:  Leave them on your neighbors’ porches, then ring the doorbell and run.  Pass them out to strangers.


The number of hard copies of Muhammad: Prophet of God that are available on Amazon.com is very limited right now, so you will need to hurry.  (You would hate yourself forever if you missed the chance to lay in your supply.)  Fortunately, it’s also available on Kindle.


Posted from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia



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