This was inspired, I think, by my recent post about whether there was a historical person around whom the Jesus myth accreted. There was surprising interest in the question, and I’ve learned nothing to convince me that there was more evidence for a historical Jesus than there was before. But on to the social medium tempest:
At least Richard doesn’t try to whitewash evolutionary biology to pretend that it says something it doesn’t!
If you want to see a great whitewash of Islam, with all of its bad aspects completely blotted out (or rationalized), read Aslan’s book No god But God. You’ll be either amused or horrified to see the Whiggish rewriting of Muslim history, including Aslan’s “explanation” for why Muhammad (despite the assertion of important Islamic texts) didn’t really marry a child bride, Aisha, when she was 6 and deflower her at 9. No, Aslan says that she was deflowered after puberty, which was okay because that was the custom then.
Aslan may know a ton about Islam, but he also knows how to twist it so it’s user-friendly to those Americans who are apologists for this most pernicious of all faiths. (I am not, of course, saying that all Muslims are bad people or extremists.) And of course American book-buyers ate it up.