Like any great thinker, Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) presents paradoxes to the inquirer. In his case, the paradoxes are patent, and deeply unsettling or enlightening, depending on your point of view.

I always thought that Islam is something in which you either believe, or you don’t believe. If you want to call yourself a ‘Muslim’, it’s sort of an all-or-nothing deal. You’re either in or you’re out.

The introduction of critical thinking into religious discourses has always been controversial and not exactly risk-free.

I have a religion, and I call my religion Islam. I call myself a Muslim. But the truth is that I’ve made up Islam for myself. If this matters, if someone making up their own Islam seems unreasonable, you can skip past these pages.