A Thing of Eternity wrote:Freakzilla wrote:Didn't Judaism and Islam evolve from polytheism?
I've read that Judaism did evolve from a merging of several tribe's religions, but I think each one was already Monotheistic. Could be wrong.
Islam, not so much. Like Chig says it was basically a revision of Judaism and Christianity. Muhammad did bring together many polythiestic groups and convert them. I think he may have borrowed a few traditions from them but did not blend them an pick one god as the highest or anything.
To sum up-
Judaism came from several tribes all of one ethnic group, who worshiped one god. The characteristics each tribe attributed to him all merged, creating Yahweh.
Christianity came from Jesus, believed to be a prophet- they took Judaism one step further, and said hey, anyone can worship Yahweh, instead of just you Jews.
Then Islam came with Mohamed, and said Jesus was only a prophet, not god incarnate. Islam has strong Hindu overtones- then and today.