lol true I don’t think Islam became afraid of ideas, but rather those with a more By the Book way of thinking gained political power.
The whole world of Islam isn’t afraid of new ideas; most of Islam is just regular people doing what regular people do. Getting married, having kids, working, living lives, no different in whatever country they’re in.
It’s only a select bunch, that also happen to be power hungry and have some control. Everybody else is just normal regular people.
Kenneth Udut Same thing happened in Christiandom; there was a mess of things floating around in the 33AD-400AD range of time. I don’t have my dates; but basically, it was a mess of things all calling themselves authentic. Under a single ruler, all the bigwigs got together and debated over the Bible and over some pretty detailed aspects of theology.
The main difference is the ecumenical nature of Christiandom; where it was a meeting of equals.
The West (Rome) split off somewhere in the 1100s or so – I don’t remember the date; and formed the Roman Catholic Church.
The Eastern Orthodox side maintained the ecumenical way. That’s the main difference that I can see between how the shift from anything-goes in Islam vs how anything-goes in Christiandom took place.
Kenneth Udut But yeah, it’s interesting stuff. it’s fun having a rounded view of history where the good guys/bad guys disappear and it becomes simply, “stuff happened”. I never liked history as a kid ’cause I always wondered about the “other guys” that they weren’t teaching me about.