John of Damascus was one of the first Christian authors to write about the rise of Islam shortly after the time of Muhammad. I am fascinated by this man but I can't seem to find enough info about this subject on the Internet. I was wondering how exactly did he view Islam in his writings?
You may find a book that shows his writing about the followers of Islam On Heresies (see 101) by St. John of Damascus .
The writing of St. John of Damascus basically runs like this: (Actually he does not really say that much in depth, or from argumentation from scripture but still it is interesting)
- He mentions Mohammed and his book
- He pokes fun at the idea that a man can claim to receive such a book without any witnesses
- The main heresy in Mohammed's book is that it denies Jesus to be God
- He says Islamists accused the Christians at that time of idolatry because of how they venerated a cross and he in turn questions their veneration of the black stone at Mecca
- He accused Mohammed of legalizing polygamy
- He proceeds to make fun of some strange additional books written by Mohammed especially the first about a Camel that went to heaven
- He returns to the subject of their opposition to veneration of images, Saints , Mary, and rejection of Priesthoods.
- Finally he states the traditional doctrine of the Trinity to rebuff their main error.