I was pondering this question after extensive debate with a somewhat non-devoted Muslim friend of mine. We were discussing the divinity of Christ, and how Islam denies this. I perceived a parallel with Arianism. So I asked the question: Is it possible that one of the strongest heresies’s to plague the Church was a doctrine continued in Islam?
There were indeed some “Arianist’s” who seemed to claim that Islam came from Arianism, and other people exploring this question. Which seemed interesting, in so far as others were asking questions also, yet inconsistent when we examine the differences between the two.
I then came across an interesting article from the 30’s
which explores this view. There are elements of his argument which contain signs of the times, such as linking communism to the Jews etc. but the author is catholic and explores the issue in profound detail.
The argument is convincing. At least, it’s not a heresy in the actual sense of the word, but like a heresy it takes the some clearly Catholic Doctrines/Dogma and then simplifies the mysteries or other Doctrines/Dogma. It is well explained in the article. Convincing, but I would think it better to be publically scrutinized. Some of his predictions have seemingly come to fruition; I feel it bequeaths us to at the least draw something from this possible “revised” understanding/perspective of Islam. One where indeed, they believe in the same One God, denying the incarnation but not the messiah-ship of Jesus. There is even the interesting issue of Islam’s closeness to Mary.
Where or not Islam is a heresy is not of so much importance. But is knowledge of its closeness Catholic dogma and doctrine in some area’s the secret to effective evangelisation of Islam?
WARNING, the views in the article could be considered inflammatory, just remember that the author is writing during the rise of Hitar’s Nazi Germany. This piece of context is vitally important to maintain a cool head.
I look forward to anyone’s input, but please read the article, it is long and makes a lot of claims, but the source is also catholic. Give it a chance, a fair hearing. Not that I endorse any of the claims myself, but feel compelled to make public this discussion.