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29 July, 2013

Heresy of the Week: Mohammedanism

I am largely including this in my list because it is listed in the Book of Concord as a heresy.  What say you as to its status as a heresy?
Mohammedanism: Mohammedanism is listed by Lutherans as a heresy in the 1530 Augsburg Confession. While Islam is not usually considered a Christian heresy, there is some significant evidence suggesting a link to Arianism, and that Mohammed likely based what he used in the Qu’ran from the Bible out of an Arian Bible. Clearly, the Islamic view of Jesus is in line with Arianism by denying His deity. Since they deny the Trinity, this is also an antitrinitarian heresy.

3 comments:

DoctorD said...

I wouldn't have thought of Islam as a Christian heresy, but you make a good argument for at least a direct lineage.

John said...

Historically, Islam is seen as a heretical sect, but these days I'm not so sure. Muslim nations especially hold their religion as a tool of the state. In Dubai, for example, the ministry of Islamic affairs tells the imams each week what the topic of their sermon will be. So it goes far beyond false teaching to encompass a complex of paradigms that we would find foreign.

Sarah Marie Arnold said...

At least in its current form, Islam is more of a totalitarian political system than a religion.