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Long duration of revelation raises doubts about authenticity

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Jul 5, 2011 at 00:29

Dear Dr Pipes

: The very fact that God's, so called, revelations to Muhammad occurred over so many years and changed according to his needs indicates that these "revelations" may be the results of his own thinking and not the words of God. There is nothing wrong per se if Muhammad's views changed over time. The views of all religious leaders evolve as they grow. And the views of all societies about God also change over time. What is problematic about Muhammad's claims is the doctrines of finality (last prophet), uniqueness (only truth), and exclusivity (everything else is wrong) that he preached. Everyone who is a muslim or studies Islam should question the circularity of this logic.

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