I have an idea, which I postulated a long time ago, and aside from some thought and a little reading, I haven't put much time into researching the idea. As any scholar of Christianity knows (excepting evangelicals) the Trinity was voted on and accepted in the mid 300's. As a theory it did not exist, in writing, until the 200's. Once put into place many Christian groups, in the Mideast, especially, turned away and either stared their own small sects (often eradicated by Orthodox Catholics of all ilks) or returned to their, so called, Pagan ways. My thought has been: if the Christian religion had not embraced the Trinity, would Islam grown as quickly, or at all, to fill the void, as it, too, is an Abrahanic religion? Just wondering. Any thoughts?
Religions grow because of the unrelenting quest for power of their leaders NOT because their theology makes more sense or is easier to understand. All religion is full of unbelievable supernatural crap and lists and lists of fucking rules to follow. They reason they grow is their leaders see the personal power available to them if they relentlessly lie and push their "brand" as hard as they can. If it were not for these power hungry leaders pushing their propaganda,NO ONE would follow this crap.
To add to this, the single country with the most Catholics is India. Jesus disappeared for 18 years. The philosophy that he espoused on his return is remarkedly like Hindu. The Trinity, turning the other cheek. That coupled with the Horus legend made up the rest. Just my 2 cents.
It is the nature of religion, because of the lack of independently-verifiable evidence for many of its assertions, to undergo schism. Both Christianity and Islam are products of schism, having split off from Judaism. All three of these have split repeatedly, Christi-insanity alone having produced some forty thousand sects. So if it had not been Islam, it would have been something else.
The Qur'an originally developed as Muhammad's attempt to make the Hebrew (and some Christian) sacred texts available in Arabic to the Arabians. After converting some Arabians to Islam, and being rejected by the Jews Christians and "pantheists", "the prophet" ceased being a missionary and became a warlord. Since then, Islam has been successfully spread by warfare (Jihad). I doubt that the dogma of the Trinity was a factor.
Islam didn't start as a religion for about another thousand years. I am more inclinded to believe it was developed more as an antithesis to the Christian religion being shoved into the Eastern Roman empire from the Western Roman empire .... Kind of a "no we don't need your BS, we have our own".
I reckon the Trinity probably helped Islam to appeal to a lot of people who rejected Christianity for being too theologically weird.
Which rings me to my next question, how widespread was knowledge of these kind of details of the faith? Possession of ancient bibles in Greek or Latin must have been limited to the clergy no? And relatively few people could read or write.
who knows constantine seemed to be using it to solidify his power the islamic nations at the time were very forward thinking and scientific but as with all things religion doesnt like sharing power i think we can all agree without its influence our lives now would be way more amazing (im talking flying cars and hols on the moon amazing wheres my flying car religion???)