genuine Muhammadan objections. The vast mass of the objections which Muhammadans,
whether Sunnis or Shi'ites, bring against Christianity may be arranged under the
I. Objections against the genuineness of the Bible as it now exists.
II. Objections against the present authority of the Bible, regarded as annulled by the
III. Objections against certain leading Christian doctrines as alleged to be taught in
the Bible, on the ground that they are contrary to Reason and the Qur'an; e.g. the
doctrine of the Trinity.
IV. Objections against the doctrine of the Atonement of Christ.
V. Objections against Christianity on the ground of Muhammad's Divine mission, as
asserted to be proved by prophecies in the Bible.
VI. Miscellaneous Objections.
These divisions to some extent overlap one another, and some objections may be ranged
under more than one head. Many arise from a misunderstanding of what the doctrines of
Christianity really are, others from a knowledge of the corruptions of certain forms of
Christianity. Bigotry, prejudice, and boundless ignorance, even ignorance of the facts of
Muhammad's life and ignorance of the teachings of the Qur'an 1, are among the
things that make it