REV. BOSWELL SMITH: Benjamin Bosworth Smith (1784-1884) was an American Protestant Episcopal bishop. He was born at Bristol, R. I., and graduated at Brown University in 1816. The following year he was ordained, beginning his ministry at Marblehead, Mass. He held several pastoral charges and was for a time editor of the Episcopal Recorder at Philadelphia. His lastrectorship, in Lexington, Ky., he held until 1837, though in 1832 he had become Bishop of the diocese. While he was presiding Bishop (from 1868), a separatist movement, which became the Reformed Episcopal Church, was organized under the leadership of Bishop Smith’s own assistant bishop, George David Cummins. He published Saturday Evening(1876) and Apostolic Succession (1877).
“Head of the state as well as the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one, but he was Pope without the Pope’s pretensions, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar, without a standing army, without a body guard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue. If ever a man had the right to rule by a right divine, it was Muhammad for he had all the power without the instruments and without its supports. (Muhammad and Muhammadanism )
On the whole, the wonder is not how much but how little, under different circumstances, Muhammad differed from himself. In the shepherd of the desert, in the Syrian trader,in the solitary of Mount Hira, in the reformer in the minority of one, in the exile of Madinah, in the acknowledged conqueror, in the equal of the Persian Chosroes and the Greek Heraclius, we can still trace substantial unity. I doubt whether any other man whose external conditions changed so much, ever himself changed less to meet them.
“If ever a man ruled by a right divine, it was Muhammad, for he had all the powers without their supports. He cared not for the dressings of power. The simplicity of his private life was in keeping with his public life.”
Reverend Bosworth Smith in ‘Muhammad and Muhammadanism,’ London, 1874
Mohammed and Mohammedanism
Islam has been the fastest growing religion in the world for many years, and was founded by the prophet Mohammed, who lived from about C.E. 570-632. The author wrote this book to serve as a bridge between the Islamic and Christian worlds. Some scholars claim that Islam and Christianity are on a collision course, with no chance for harmony due to immense cultural differences. This book proclaims the exact oppositethat common threads between these worlds are so strong that we can appreciate our differences. States that Jesus and Mohammed belong next to each other, as opposed to one (no matter which one) being above the other. If equal recognition could occur then mutual respect would result. This book can contribute important ideas of harmony and respect between faiths.