Is Islam a Heresy or World Religion? Legos and Muhammad

Answer begins with an H

The politically incorrect article I wrote last week on a Thomistic response to the Islamic Refugee Crisis is approaching 100,000 views and 20,000 shares on Facebook and some 300 comments – many of which debate the “nature of Islam.”

I wanted to continue this discussion in a sequel article about the relationship of Islam with Christian theology. You’ll find this sequel in the post below:

The question is really about whether Islam is a “Christian heresy” or a whether Islam is a “world religion.”

The English word “heresy” derives from the Greek word αἵρεσις (hairesis) meaning “choice” or “a thing chosen.” (It’s the original “pro-choice” position.) Saint Paul uses the word in Titus 3:10 to describes “heretics” – those that pick and choose their own beliefs instead of following the beliefs taught by the Apostles:

  • heresy = I choose my own personal beliefs just as I choose my meal at Luby’s
  • orthodoxy = I receive the Apostolic beliefs passed down through papally ratified Councils, Scripture, and Tradition (orthos in Greek means “right or straight”; eg. orthodontics means “straight teeth” and orthodox means “straight belief.”

Heresy is not a slur or pejorative term. It simply describes a method of religion.

An Analogy from Legos

Let’s say you purchased the Lego edition of the Star Wars’ Death Star. It comes with a box full of plastic pieces and a paper set of instructions. If you follow the directions and follow the instructions correctly or “straight” then you have an orthos situation and having something that looks like this:

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But if you buy this box of Legos and personally choose how you yourself want to assemble it, you’ve created your own reality and arrange the pieces however you want to create any pattern that you like. For example, this Lego pattern:

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In the first example, the Lego pieces were arranged according to the creator’s instruction. In the second example, the Lego pieces were arranged in accord to the person’s “choice” or “hairesis.”

Legos and Islam

When it comes to Islam, we must ask whether Islam is a religion totally distinct from apostolic Christianity (like Hinduism or Jainism or Aztec paganism) or whether it is a “rearrangement” of historic Christianity (like Mormonism or Jehovah’s Witnesses).

The History of Muhammad

If you haven’t listened to my free audio talk on “Is Muhammad Evil? (audio)” please take a listen. It will give you a short biography of Muhammad and show how he fell under demonic influence.

You will learn that the ancient Arabs were generally polytheistic pagans. They worshipped a variety of deities, as did the ancient Greeks and Romans. However, Muhammad belonged to a social circle that was composed heretical Christians as we will discuss below.

Listen to Dr Marshall’s Is Muhammad Evil? (audio)

Islam as a Heresy Stealing from Christian Ideas

The great Catholic writer Hilaire Belloc (d. 16 July 1953) foretold the future rise of Islam in his book The Great Christian Heresies (a book that every member of the New Saint Thomas Institute should read).

Hilaire Belloc wrote, “[Islam] began as a heresy, not as a new religion….It was a perversion of the Christian religion…an adaptation and a misuse of the Christian thing.” Belloc is following Saint Thomas Aquinas, Dante, and Saint John of Damascus who describe Islam not as a new religion but as a corruption of Christian ideas, notably a pre-existing Christian heresy of Nestorianism.

Was Muhammad modifying the Christian Heresy of Nestorianism?

The Islamic sources reveal a heretical Christian monk having an influence on the young Muhammad. Moreover, Muhammad’s first wife Khadija belonged to a heretical Christian sect since she was familiar with the God of Abraham, Jesus, Mary, and the angel Gabriel. Khadija once consulted a monk about Muhammad and the monk was named Nestora. Given the time period and geography and name, we are likely dealing with Nestorian branch of heretical Christians having influence over Khadija and her husband Muhammad.

Nestorianism was a heresy that denied that the baby Jesus born of the Virgin Mary was the Divine Son of God. Rather, the heretic Nestorius taught that the historical Jesus Christ was a combination of two persons: the Son of God (one divine person) and the historical and human Jesus son of Mary (one human person). Catholic orthodox teaches that Jesus Christ is one Divine Person with a Divine Nature and a Human Nature united but not confused or commingled.

Here are a few teachings of Muhammad that cribbed from Christianity:

  1. Muhammad taught that God chose Abraham (although Muhammad taught that God’s promise went through Hagar and Ishmael and not Sarah and Isaac – hence the term Sara-cenes).
  2. Muhammad taught that Jesus was born of a Virgin (although Muhammad denied that God was His Father).
  3. Muhammad taught that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah (although he denied that Jesus was the Savior and Son of God).
  4. Muhammad taught that Mary the Mother of Jesus was sinless.
  5. Muhammad taught that Saint Michael and Saint Gabriel are important angelic messengers (Muhammad claimed to speak with Saint Gabriel).
  6. Muhammad taught that there is Heaven and Hell.
  7. Muhammad taught that there will be a resurrection of the body as Christians recite in the Creeds.
  8. Muhammad taught that a Creator created the universe out of nothing (as Jews and Christians believe).
  9. Muhammad taught the importance of Christian customs such as fasting, regularly prayer, almsgiving, and pilgrimage.

So the “Lego pieces” being used in Muhammad’s religion are those of Christianity. But he re-organizes these pieces to create a religion in his own image.

Here are some those heretical errors:

  1. Muhammad taught that Jesus Christ is not divine.
  2. Muhammad taught that Jesus Christ is not the Son of God.
  3. Muhammad taught that the Trinity was “the Father and the Son and the Virgin Mary.” He didn’t properly understand the Christian teaching on the Trinity.
  4. Muhammad taught that there was no such thing as a Trinity of Divine Persons as Christians profess.
  5. Muhammad taught that there are no sacraments (eg, no baptism, Eucharist) but only a profession of faith (shahada).
  6. Muhammad taught that lying is allowed. It’s the al-Taqiyya deception. Muhammad said that Muslims can lie to non-Muslims. So when a Muslim tells you “I am peaceful and I don’t approve of terrorism – we can never be 100% ceratain about whether they are being honest with us, because the Quran explicitly gives them permission to lie to non-Muslism.” Mohammed also gave permission for a follower to lie in order to murder a Jewish poet who had offended Mohammed. [Are you learning from this post? If so share it on Facebook by clicking here.]
  7. Mohammad taught that Jesus did not die on the cross and therefore denied salvation through the cross of Christ. Surah 4:157-158 says: “they [the Jews] said, ‘We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah’ – But they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself.”
  8. Mohammad denied that marraige is monogamous or sacramental.
  9. Mohammad denied the existence of a “Church” and instead had the “State” stand in as the organizing principle, hence the imperative for Sharia Law.

Muhammad is painting with Christian colors, but omitting and reorganizing the structure and form of religion. He’s taking Nestorianism (false belief that Jesus son of Mary is not a Divine Person) and taking it to the heretical next level.

Why Does This Matter? “Islam as Heresy”

If we perceive Islam as a Christian heresy, it helps Christians better understand and address Islam. Muslims are not baptized and do not have faith in Christ as Savior. Hence, they are not Christians. They are certainly not “brothers and sisters in Christ.”

However, they do profess that Jesus is the “Jewish Messiah” (though non-saving Messiah), and the sinless son of Mary.

This matters because we are dealing a demographic of people with a severely “malformed conscience.” We know from Saint Thomas Aquinas and from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that all humans are called to form their conscience in accord with reason, natural law, and divine revelation. Islam leads human adherents to a conscience formed incorrectly.

So the Christian answer is most certainly not: “Just be a good Muslim. Follow your conscience.”

The Christian answer is, “Let’s reform consciences in conformity to natural law (eg, lying is always sinful and polygamy is contrary to nature).”

Even better, the Christian answer is, “Let us tell you the good news of Jesus Christ who is Son of God, Savior, and Divine Mercy. He will lead you to know God as Father.”

Our Goal as Christians:

Our goal as Christians is to remove all error from the earth and lead people to God Who is Truth Incarnate. Our goal is to see all peoples saved and every human person receiving the joy of the Holy Eucharist. This includes Muslims. So we must form consciences properly and evangelize every human heart.

If you want to learn how to do this better, the New Saint Thomas Institute is currently offer a special Catholic Apologetics training module on “How to Share Your Faith to Jewish Friends and Muslim Friends.” It’s available to all of our Basic and Premium Member students:

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  • Alicia Summers

    Kumbaya is not in the Islamic hymn book I’m afraid…

    I detest Islam, NOT Muslims, just like I detest Nazism, NOT Germans and I detest Stalinism, NOT Russians.

    In Islam, *all* non-Muslims are called *unbelievers*, *infidels* or *kafir*(derogatory).

    Islam is a murderous, fascist, supremacist ideology with a veneer of religion, founded by a mass murderer, slave owner and mass rapist that all Muslims are espoused to emulate.

    The world is divided into the House of Islam and the House of War, the *Dar al-Islam* and the *Dar al-harb*. The Dar al-Islam is all those lands in which a Muslim government rules and the Holy Law of Islam prevails. Non-Muslims may live there on Muslim sufferance. *The outside world (non-Muslim), which has not yet been subjugated, is called the “House of War,” and strictly speaking a perpetual state of *jihad*, or holy war, is imposed by the law*.

    The treatment of the infidels in Islam is divided into two categories. The polytheists, pagans, idolaters and heathens have the choice of converting to Islam or suffer death. The Jews and Christians, whom the Koran calls people of the book, can retain their religion but on the sufferance of accepting humiliation and subjugation to Islam and payment of *Jizyah* (poll-tax/extortion) to the Islamic rulers [For more detail read this article: Unfettered Religious Freedom in Islam – A Fact or Fiction? – by Alamgir Hussain].

    Now, let us have a closer look at what the Koran says about the infidels:

    Remember in Islamic jurisprudence, the “peaceful” verses in the Koran are abrogated and superceded by the “violent verses”.

    _Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them_ (2:191)

    _Make war on the infidels living in your neighboorhood_ (9:123)

    _When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them_ (9:5)

    _Kill the Jews and the Christians if they do not convert to Islam or refuse to pay Jizya tax_ (9:29)

    _Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable_ (3:85)

    _The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them_ (9:30)

    _Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticise Islam._ (5:33)

    _The infidels are unclean; do not let them into a mosque_ (9:28)

    _Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies_ (22:19)

    _Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them when you catch them_(47:4)

    _The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them_ (8:65)

    _Muslims must not take the infidels as friends_ (3:28)

    _Terrorise and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an_ (8:12)

    _Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorise the infidels_ (8:60)

    The Qur’an certainly proclaims that when the time is appropriate, Muslims must use force to convert the unbelievers to Islam. For the non-Muslims, the alternative to this is to pay the humiliating protection money (Jizya tax) or be killed (by beheading, of course). A militarily dominant Islam, without doubt, precludes the peaceful co-existence with the unbelievers if the Muslims have to abide strictly by the unalterable stipulations of the Qur’an.

  • Alicia Summers

    One has only to look at the life of *Jesus Christ* and compare it to Muhammad to see Muhammad was a false prophet that Jesus warned about…

    *JESUS* preached *LOVE*, *PEACE* and *FORGIVENESS* but one has to turn away from *SIN*…He performed numerous *miracles* and *resurrected* from the dead, proving He was the *Son of God*…He warned of false prophets who would come after Him and said one would know them by their *fruits* and not to trust or believe in them…

    Muhammad…Performed *no miracles*, died and *stayed dead*…was a mass murderer, warlord, apostate, heretic, slave owner, sexual deviant, and all-round psychopath…That is *fruit rotten to the very core*

  • teresa24

    I’m not sure if I’ve asked this question already on another post of yours but would it be at all possible to make your posts shareable on LinkedIn? People share so many things there that are not “business-related” that is why I’m asking. I believe I’m connected with you on LI, Dr. Marshall but, I don’t see any link here that allows me to “share” this article on LI. I’d really appreciate it if you could let me know if this is feasible, for you to create a link, I mean, or not. Thank you very much.

  • teresa24

    Sorry for bothering again. I had never heard of Buffer before. I clicked on it and it shows something to sign in with LI. Could anyone tell me if this make it possible to “share” Dr. Taylor Marshall’s posts on LI “through” this? Thank you very much.

    • This site doesn’t have a LI share button and if you don’t want to setup buffer, you can share the article “by hand”.

      Here’s how:

      1. Copy the web site address (URL) from the browser address bar for this article
      2. Login to your LI account.
      3. Then click on “Share an update”.
      4. Paste the web site address for this page into the area that displays “What’s on your mind?”
      Once you post it, LI will retrieve an image and preview of the article.
      5. Optional: choose the visibility (public, etc)
      6. Click the blue ‘Share’ button.


      • teresa24

        Aha, thank you Jeff Cann for letting me know. So by setting up Buffer one could get posts from this site to LinkedIn? Or is it just a preview and then you’d click on it to go this site? Either way that would be great. Ohhhhhh, and this would be done by pasting. Hmm, will have to practice that. Hopefully the link ( paste) would work. But could you please clarify this for me. By setting up Buffer, would that allow me to “share” the article “directly” on LinkedIn? Thank you.

        • Hi Teresa,

          Yes you can allow buffer access to your LI account and then it would share something to your LI account w/o copying and pasting.

    • Buffer is a way to share social media in one place with one click – you can share on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc. with just one click. I use it daily.

      I don’t know what LI is. What is it?

  • Alicia Summers

    St. John of Damascus described Islam as THE forerunner of THE anti-Christ.

    • Precisely, because the spirit of Antichrist is to deny that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Father as it says in Scripture:

      “every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.” (1 John 4:3)

      • ADAM

        Earlier in the same Epistle, 1 John 2: 22, the ANTICHRIST is identified as “WHOEVER DENIES THAT JESUS IS THE MESSIAH”, a very specific JEWISH HERESY.

    • ADAM

      Saint Athanasius of Alexandria first applied the term “FORERUNNERS OF THE ANTICHRIST” to the Arians of the 4th century, 300 years before St John Damascene.

  • Alicia Summers

    Did you know that Hitler hated Christianity and preferred Islam…He intended to annihilate Christianity after Germany won the war (he really did think he would win)

    *Hitler Quotes*

    “You see, it’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion [Islam] too would have been more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its

    meekness and flabbiness?”

    “I can imagine people being enthusiastic about the paradise of Mohammed, but as for the insipid paradise of the Christians! In your lifetime, you used to hear the music of Richard Wagner. After your death, it will be nothing but hallelujahs, the waving of palms, children of an age for the feeding bottle, and hoary old men. The man of the isles pays homage to the forces of nature. But Christianity is an invention of sick brains: one could imagine nothing more senseless, nor any more indecent way of turning the idea of the Godhead into a mockery. A n***** with his taboos is crushingly superior to the human being who seriously believes in transubstantiation.”

    “Had Charles Martel not been victorious at Poitiers -already, you see, the world had already fallen into the hands of the Jews, so gutless a thing Christianity! -then we should in all probability have been converted to Mohammedanism [Islam], that cult which glorifies the heroism and which opens up the seventh Heaven to the bold warrior alone. Then the Germanic races would have conquered the world. Christianity alone prevented them from doing so.”

    “The best thing is to let Christianity die a natural death. A slow death has something comforting about it. The dogma of Christianity gets worn away before the advances of science… The instructions of a hygienic nature that most religions gave, contributed to the foundation of organized communities. The precepts ordering people to wash, to avoid certain drinks, to fast at appointed dates, to take exercise, to rise with the sun, to climb to the top of the minaret — all these were obligations invented by intelligent people. The exhortation to fight courageously is also self-explanatory. Observe, by the way, that, as a corollary, the Moslem was promised a paradise peopled with sensual girls, where wine flowed in streams — a real earthly paradise. The Christians, on the other hand, declare themselves satisfied if after their death they are allowed to sing hallelujahs!”

    “…Christianity, of course, has reached the peak of absurdity in this respect. And that’s why one day its structure will collapse. Science has already impregnated humanity. Consequently, the more Christianity clings to its dogmas, the quicker it will decline.!”

    Now, Christians follow *Jesus Christ* who preached *Love*, *Peace* and *forgiveness*…*Jesus* warned of false prophets and said one would know them by their *fruits*…Let’s take *Muhammad*…He was an apostate, heretic, murderer, warlord, owned slaves, was a sexual deviant and all round psychopath…Those fruits to any sane and rational person are *fruits rotten to the core*…

    • ADAM

      Hitler was a baptized Catholic. Although both he and Stalin (an ex-seminarian) arose from within Christianity, the Church should hardly be blamed for either. Neither should Islam be naively identified with extremist terrorists who happen to be Muslim.

      • Alicia Summers

        Jonestown was led by the ATHEIST Jim Jones.

        Do you understand Islam? Have you read the Quran? Do you know the life of Muhammad that 1.2 billion people have as a role model? The Quran and the life of Muhammad sees the DUTY of Muslims to murder and enslave non-Muslims.

        The Quran describes “Allah” as “The Great Deceiver”, ie Satan, “The Father of Lies”.

        The Quran describes Muhammad as the “Perfect Example of a Human Being”…Muhamamd mass murdered, mass raped, had slaves and was an all-round psychopath. 1.2 billion people have him as a role model!!!! NO wonder there have been 26,000+ terrorist attacks around the world since 9/11!!!

        Now, let us have a closer look at what the Koran says about non-Muslims:

        REMEMBER: in Islamic jurisprudence, the “peaceful” verses in the Koran are abrogated and superceded by the “violent verses”.

        _Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them_ (2:191)

        _Make war on the infidels living in your neighboorhood_ (9:123)

        _When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them_ (9:5)

        _Kill the Jews and the Christians if they do not convert to Islam or refuse to pay Jizya tax_ (9:29)

        _Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable_ (3:85)

        _The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them_ (9:30)

        _Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticise Islam._ (5:33)

        _The infidels are unclean; do not let them into a mosque_ (9:28)

        _Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies_ (22:19)

        _Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them when you catch them_(47:4)

        _The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them_ (8:65)

        _Muslims must not take the infidels as friends_ (3:28)

        _Terrorise and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an_ (8:12)

        _Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorise the infidels_ (8:60)

  • donald grimshaw

    Wow, really. You just used a picture of the POTUS in your analogy of a heretic. But then again you are probably trying to say he’s a Muslim too. Should he send a copy of his birth certificate to you too? In part I you suggested muslims in the US would institute Sharia law. The problem with that is this thing called the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

    • Alicia Summers

      Obama is a closet Muslim. It is permissible in Islam to PRETEND to be another religion in order to promote Islam. It is called taqyyia and kitman. Obama is a perfect example of this technique of lying.

      His school registration in Indonesia says his religion is ISLAM. There is NO record of him converting to Christianity, not even a baptismal certificate.

      • donald grimshaw

        Is the article about Islam and heresy or presidential politics?

        • Alicia Summers

          It is about Islam. One cannot talk about Islam nowadays without referring to Obama and his Islamist leanings. All his actions/words support ISLAM and denigrate Christianity.

          • donald grimshaw

            You mean “you” can’t talk about Islam without talking about the president?

          • Richard W Comerford

            Mr. donald grimshaw:

            You posted in part: “You mean “you” can’t talk about Islam without talking about the president?”

            The USA has been engaged in a 14-year long war with Muslims. It is the longest war in American history. And it is still going strong. Our President is, I think, the first President with a Muslim father. Our President has, in regard to the recent tragedy in Paris, refused to describe the mass murderers as “Muslims”. He has also refused to take either military or diplomatic action to defend Christians who are being murdered throughout the world.

            A reasonable person might wonder at the President’s actions of lack thereof.

            God bless

            RIchard W comerford

          • donald grimshaw

            Actually, the war has been against Alquieda, a small radical group that are muslims. Now, we have another radical group called ISIS that are also Muslim. Not all Muslims are radical terrorist. These groups have gained because of a power vacuum created by the US. These policies date back to the 1950s with the assassination of King Faruk in Egypt.

          • Richard W Comerford

            Mr. donald grimshaw:

            Thank you for your reply wherein you posted in part:
            “Actually, the war has been against Alquieda, a small radical group that are muslims.”

            Since 9/11/01 the USA has been engaged in direct and indirect combat against some 27 distinct, armed Muslim groups in Europe, North Africa, Africa south of the Sahara, the Middle East, both South East and South West Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines as well as on American soil.

            and in part: “Not all Muslims are radical terrorist”

            All devout, good Muslims follow the Koran which calls for perpetual war against the infidel.

            and in part: “These groups have gained because of a power vacuum created by the US.”

            The power vacuum was caused by the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the close of WW I.

            and in part: “These policies date back to the 1950s with the assassination of King Faruk in Egypt.”

            No. These policies, if you wish to use that phrase, date back to @ 630 AD and more immediately to the creation of the Islamic Brotherhood on or around 1923.

            God bless

            Richard W comerford

    • It’s a lego figure used as example, it doesn’t mean Dr. Taylor Marshall is follower of the conspiranoics calling Obama a Muslim…

      • Alicia Summers

        Obama is registered as a Muslim in his school registration. When did he renounce Islam and convert to Christianity pray tell?

    • Stephanie

      It’s just his photo made into Legos… no need to read something that isn’t there just to stir up trouble.

    • W Meyer

      Given an image with only about 48 pixels in each dimension, and 4 shades of grey, declaring it to be POTUS verges on paranoia. It resembles him, yes, but also resembles hundreds, if not thousands, of other males in this country.

      • donald grimshaw

        Perhaps Dr. Marshall could clarify. There’s no need for us to speculate.

    • Richard W Comerford

      Mr. donald grimshaw:

      “You just used a picture of the POTUS in your analogy of a heretic”

      Did not the President recently state in public: God bless Planned Parenthood?

      How more heretical or “un-straight” can you get than that?

      God bless

      Richard W Comerford

    • Lisa Ann Homic

      disagree, he was only showing that you can take the legos and make something completly different from the instructions

  • Alicia Summers

    Muhammad is described as an example of THE perfect human being in the Quran. 1.2 billion people have a mass murderer, mass rapist, slave owner and all-round psychopath as a role model…no wonder there have been 26,000+ terrorist attacks around the world since 9/11 by Muslims in the NAME of Islam.

  • Alicia Summers

    I would urge all those not familiar with Islam to read “Reasons for Leaving Islam – Islam on Trial” by the academic and former Muslim Ibn Warraq. It is available FREE online. Just Google it.

  • Bubba

    Please cite sources. You can’t claim things and be respected as a scholar without citations.

    • Richard W Comerford

      Mr. Bubba:

      You posted in part: “Please cite sources.”

      The good Doctor cited as sources in his article:

      1. Hilaire Belloc

      2. Saint Thomas Aquinas

      3. Dante

      4. Saint John of Damascus

      God bless

      Richard W Comerford

      • Bubba

        Those are vague and would not be acceptable in a scholarly arena. There should be footnotes which point the reader to the exact location from where the idea is taken. One cannot simply say that Mohammad believed “X” and not cite where Mohammad said that. If we are going to be taken seriously and say we have valid claims, we cannot lack demonstrable sources.

        • Richard W Comerford

          Mr. Bubba:

          Thank you for your reply wherein you posted in part: “Those are vague and would not be acceptable in a scholarly arena.”

          I believe that the good Doctor also offers in the instant article a course in this matter. Perhaps the relevant citations might be found therein?

          You could also simply google “Belloc & Islam & pdf” and get a free online copy of Belloc’s “The Great Heresies” wherein he presents his case that Islam is a Christian heresy.

          God bless

          RIchard W Comerford.

        • It’s a blog. No footnotes. I provide more detailed academic teaching and resources at

          • Bubba

            Great; glad citations are there.

            Still, my concern is that the people who will read this blog post will post it all over facebook but they’ll be left ill-informed and unable to respond against aggressors due to lack of citations. In reposting the article they are committing, again, a logical fallacy by appealing to an authority…an authority, which at least here, doesn’t seem to convey it actually is an authoritative source due to lacking proper citation.

            Dr. Marshall, I thank you for the work you do, and I want to see it more widely accepted. If we Christians are going to be taken seriously on this very serious topic, then the blog posts might have to become a bit more authoritive and credible. I personally believe citations would help. I hope you do too and thus you’ll transfer over your citations which are on your other website to here.

            Thanks for your time. God bless!

        • Phil Steinacker


          This is NOT a scholarly arena so your critique is out of context and wrong-headed. You have no grounds for demanding anyone online follow an academic format. You must be a progressive; only liberals worship advanced degrees and the rules and customs of an academia which promotes itself by fostering false qualifications for such respect. I’m not attacking Dr. Marshall’s PhD or anyone else’s; just commenting on inappropriately wrong-headed attachment to academic standards. This is a blog, for pity’s sake! – NOT a thesis presentation!

          Dr. Marshall provided only general sourcing, that is true, but are you too lazy to dig a little? Googling some of those names with Islam will get you started easily and with great depth. On my own I’ve merely stumbled onto much of what Dr. Marshall said here. It’s not news, but he goes into greater detail than you’ll find on some sites and less than on others. So far, that’s pretty normal.

          It’ll do you good to do a little leg work in the quest for truth rather than take pot shots demonstrating your knee-jerk tendencies.

  • teresa24

    Dr. Marshall, just for clarification. I asked what I did because I don’t use Twitter nor Google Plus. I have enough on my hands and no problems with just using Outlook, Yahoo Messenger and the Internet to jobhunt. So since I’m more on LI and Outlook than other places I thought I’d ask. Thanks again for the clarification.

  • Tom Saltsman

    God’s will and the will of religious people have never matched very well–although there is some overlap. God wants holiness of the heart; religious men want a theocracy. After all, theocracies are so darn much more nicer than going through life as a lonely weirdo. All of us get very tired of doing lonely battle against the forces of evil. Very tired.

    So God said, “OK. You guys want a theocracy of holiness? Here’s Israel.” We should all know how THAT worked out: a complete disaster. Sinful human nature destroyed that in no time. After the failure of Israel, Jesus Christ ran like a rabbit when they tried to make him a king (John 6:15). “Been there. Done that,” I can hear Him saying.

    When God came in the person of Jesus Christ, He said, “OK. I’ll be your holiness of heart but you fellows have to have some backbone because even a dead fish can go with the flow! I have no use for those who fear suffering. I need brave generals who follow my orders, not cowardly soldiers who slack off as often as they can.”

    Only a few people have accepted Christ’s offer. After all, who stayed with Christ in the gospels except the eleven leaders known as apostles? Canonized saints have always been people who lead the way out of the darkness that surrounds other Christians. Consider such brave few as in the 16th century Reformation in England with rarities such as Thomas Moore and John Fisher. These were men who didn’t mind being suffering weirdos.

    Yet there was still a problem; people wanted a theocracy, darn it! But they didn’t want one that demanded holiness, they never did. “Just goodness in the name of God would do nicely, thank you.” So I believe that God compromised with Mohamed (cf. CCC 841). Even Muslims admit that the strict teachings of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount were addressed to only a elect group of people. Holy Christians who live Christ’s teachings will rule over Muslims in the next life.

  • jacobum

    Excellent post as usual. From reading the blog over at 1Peter5, it is clear that the recently ordained Auxiliary Bishop Barron (Word on Fire) is at least 1 day late and 2 dollars short in his theological
    training/education. He would do well to subscribe to NSTI. It would be more economical, far more orthodox and actually useful, than the nonsense reflected by his comments. He is embarrassing to himself, his office and the faithful.

  • SolontheWise

    I just posted criticizing this article by Taylor Marshall, and it was put on hold until “approved” by Taylor Marshall. Is he a graduate of Mizzou or Yale?

  • Sam

    Thank you Dr.Marshal but I think you were not accurate in attributing the rise of Islam to Nestorian heresy, Nestorians are Christians and they are still living hear in Iraq, they celebrate mass and confess Christ as their Lord and Savior, Muhammed was probably a member of an old sect that traced their origin to Abraham or he was part of an Ebionite or Nazarine heresy. most of Muhammed’s history narrative is based on Ibn Ishaq’s history written about 150 years after Muhammed’s death.

  • Lady Bird

    Excellent and illuminating. These are scary times. I like your image of the second lego. In today’s conference with Hollande, yet another Obama emerged. Today’s Obama had passion and sympathy and he blessed America. The master of confusion……..