Anglican Samizdat

August 23, 2009

Jesus, unlike Muhammad, had interesting things to say

Filed under: Islam — David Jenkins @ 11:12 pm

According to Sebastian Faulks:

Sebastian Faulks, the best-selling author, has risked angering Muslims after claiming the Koran has “no ethical dimension” and dismissing the words of Muhammad as the “rantings of a schizophrenic”.

Faulks claims that the Koran offers no interesting stories compared with the Bible, and simply tells its readers to believe in God or “burn forever”.

“There is also the barrenness of the message. I mean, there are some bits about diet, you know, the equivalent of the Old Testament, which is also crazy.

“But the great thing about the Old Testament is that it does have these incredible stories. Of the 100 greatest stories ever told, about 99 are probably in the Old Testament and the other is in Homer,” he said.

“With the Koran there are no stories. And it has no ethical dimension like the New Testament, no new plan for life.”

And in a move that is likely to anger many Muslims, he calls into question the worth of Muhammad.

“Jesus, unlike Muhammad, had interesting things to say. He proposed a revolutionary way of looking at the world: love you neighbour, love your enemy, be kind to people, the meek shall inherit the Earth. Muhammad had nothing to say to the world other than, ‘If you don’t believe in God you will burn forever.'”

Predictably, Faulks has been accused of stirring up religious hatred against Muslims. By blowing up innocent people and rejoicing in their deaths, Muslims do a far better job of fomenting hatred against themselves than Faulks’ paltry efforts; that fact probably isn’t something that will keep him safe, though.



  1. See links under BLASPHEMY, MOHAMMED and KORAN at The Religion of Peace™ Subject Index

    Comment by Moss — August 24, 2009 @ 5:56 am

  2. Well, I used to say that most media/culture people in our society were lilly-livered and totally without conviction or courage (hence, “artists” tear bibles, etc., but never dare mention the Koran) – and up comes one of their number to prove me wrong! Is he to be the next Salman Rushdie? Interestingly, it was said (after the Dutch politician’s rejection from Britain) that if Rushdie had published his book today, the chattering classes would not now defend him – well, now, with Faulks’s action, we will see, won’t we?

    Comment by John Thomas — August 26, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

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