Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Psychology of Islam, Part 2: Muhammad's Rebellion

In Part 1 of this series, we learned that the Defective Father Hypothesis (DFH) leads to certain expectations, given Muhammad's childhood experiences. In brief, based on DFH, we would expect Muhammad to rebel against authority and tradition; we would expect him to have a problem with father figures, and especially with viewing God as a heavenly father; and we would expect him to have some difficulty forming normal relationships with other people. In this video, we examine the historical evidence to see if our first expectation is confirmed. Along the way, we help Sheikh Yasir Qadhi understand Allah better.


John Server said...


I just wanted to say that watching your videos has not only educated me, but has emboldened me to be more explicit in writing my own thoughts regarding the connection between Islamic fundamentalist attacks and Islamic doctrine. As today we saw an attack outside Parliament, I posted a blog to get out ahead of the coming claptrap that avers that "this attack does not speak for all Muslims."

In the past, I would have held back any criticism of Islam publicly, quite honestly primarily out of fears of offending my one Muslim Facebook friend, and secondarily for backlash from leftist friends. Given all the comments I see on your videos from Muslims who have left Islam as a result of watching your videos, some even turning to Christ, I was encouraged to say my own piece; essentially, I decided, "well, if these people are willing to risk persecution, excommunication from their families, and death for leaving Islam, surely I can be willing to lose a few friends on Facebook."

I have a small blog that I have updated very irregularly, but at some point hope to develop into something greater. I know in many cases a statement like that will be accompanied by a request to promote it, but I merely state that to let you know that your influence goes beyond your own audience. I'd be happy to send you the link, but I don't want to post it here, as I know you have to be protective what goes up on your own site. I will say, I linked to several of your videos in it, as well as some statements by Nabeel Qureshi and Ravi Zacharias. Essentially, my focus was on why people fail when they attempt to compare Islam to Christianity; they either compare the texts, and say "but there's violence in the Old Testament!", or they compare the followers' actions, and say "but what about the colonizers and the slavers!" What they fail to do is to compare the actions of a religion's adherents with the teachings and actions of the people they would uphold as their most respected.

I hope you are doing well, and I pray God continues to bless your ministry to expose what Islam is really about, along with the hope of redemption found in Jesus.

Andrew said...

Again brilliant. It seems so obvious when you point it out that mad mo's daddy issues leads to the hatred of the concept of God as Father. I can't wait for the next installments.