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Thank God For Religious Oddballs

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Posted on August 20 2010 11:00 am

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I want to thank those who commented on my first post for their spirited responses.

I noticed two themes:  One, because of differences between Islam on the one hand and Judaism & Christianity on the other, Islam is unreformable; and two, Christianity never had good reason to begin with to persecute, those things really aren’t in the Bible.

As to the first, let’s concede for the sake of argument that all major prevailing theological interpretations of Islam preach persecution and violence.  Some Islamic theologian comes along teaches Islam, properly understood, really does teach tolerance and rights for other religions.  They are treated by mainstream Islam like oddballs and their teachings fail to reform.

Now, I’m not a Muslim and I don’t know the Koran well enough to explain how the interpretations of the faith would make reform work.  However,  I do know the Bible quite well and have mastered the history of evolution of ideas of tolerance and religious rights within Christendom and I can attest it wasn’t so easy to bring religious rights to Christendom either.

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