Monday, November 15, 2010

Book Review: Moon-o-theism, Chapter 15

Chapter fifteen concerns Mohammad. In it, the author claims that many of Mohammad's revelations, particularly the early ones, were drug induced. Given the role that many narcotics have played through history, this sounds very reasonable. I appreciated how he wove together many seemingly unrelated anecdotes to show a pattern of behavior consistent with drug abuse. Until someone comes up with a better explanation, I'll argue that Mohammad was an apparent drug user.

The second main theme is that Mohammad suffered from gonorrhea. Once again, I appreciated the author's weaving together of many seemingly unrelated anecdotes to arrive at his conclusion. Particularly, I can see how the gonorrheal discharges could be interpreted as an abundance of sexual potency. This section does seem a bit late, however, as many of these same evidences were discussed in different contexts elsewhere in the book.

All in all, though, this chapter was well worth the read.

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