Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know that I consider all religion to be mythology and that none of the world’s “holy books” should be taken literally. Most religions are civilized enough that their practicioners can deal with that viewpoint, no matter how angry it makes them. We all know which religion would be the one exception and the book The Closing of the Muslim Mind by Robert R Reilly provides a great deal of insight about that religion.
Reilly’s book covers the conflict between religious literalists and rationalists in the Muslim word from the 9th century C.E. to the 11th century C.E. Obviously, the literalists won and ensured that the Muslim world would be pretty much the global version of America’s own Red States all the way up to the present day. At present, the American Left is too spineless to address this issue and the American Right has credibility problems because of the Christian kooks in their own ranks, so books like this don’t get the mainstream attention they deserve. This book is well worth it and is available at Amazon.com and elsewhere.