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Huan Yi
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“True or False:  The Major religions are essentially alike

Answer:  False . . .

I do not believe we are witnessing a “clash of civilizations”
between Christianity and Islam.  But it is a fantasy to imagine
that the world’s two largest faiths are in any meaningful sense the same,
or that interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims will
magically close the divide between them.”

The above is from an article in the July 9th issue of Newsweek magazine,
(where I was surprised to see it),  by Stephen Prothero who is the
chair of Boston University’s Department of Religion.  He begins
it by outlining the growth of the myth since the 1960’s that all differences
between religions are more apparent than real.  I have heard that mantra
throughout most of my adult life though my own readings support my
skepticism.   He goes on to say, (in what after all was
a brief article), that we must understand those differences as religion
plays a major role, (with the notable exception of Europe; though I think
that will change), in the politics of the world.


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Stephanos
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Ravi Zacharias once said that it is popular belief to say that all religions are superficially different and fundamentally the same.  But as you study and consider particular claims, you find that they are fundamentally different and superficially the same.  

Of course I think some common threads can be found there, like the desire for "oneness" with God, a yearning for spiritual peace, and a consciousness that there is a spiritual "battle" of sorts on planet Earth.  In that sense, the questions might be related (as our common existential and moral dilemma);  But the answers are very different.


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I couldn't say. My intimacy with multiple religions is sorely limited, so any conclusions would necessarily be superficial ones.

Here's what I do know, though.

Regardless of religion, regardless of culture, regardless of language or skin color, people are all pretty much the same. We're all just too damn good at finding the otherwise minor differences.

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I think all religions have both some fundamental and some superficial similarities, and some fundamental and some superficial differences.  
Huan Yi
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabula_rasa


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I am not a believer in either religion, but it has seemed obvious to me that there are fundamental and irreconcilable differences between them, from origin to the present day.

Essorant
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"irreconcilable"

I will not say that.
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what is the difference between God and Cow in human eyes? no difference. One gives food of soul, one gives milk. we need both to live. Some people in Indian make it simple, I think that they are very smart people.  One thing supplied all need.

A poet after dreaming that cow jumped over the moon, might have to think where the moon come from. here is the difference.
 
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