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Mary: A Bridge Between Islam and Christianity

Mary: A Bridge Between Islam and Christianity

In this atmosphere of tension, it may be prudent to attempt to find common ground between these two clashing Abrahamic traditions. Christianity and Islam are in some ways, intimately connected; sharing many sacred stories, devotion to one god, ethical standards, and scriptural figures. Illuminating commonalities between these two mega religions, whose adherents make up almost fifty percent of the world’s population, may be the first step in building an understanding and hopefully, a bridge between the two.

The Inanity of the current "Islam" Debate

The Inanity of the current “Islam” Debate

One of the reasons why the debate is so skewed is that Americans suffer from an intense form of religious illiteracy, and that is dangerous. As Prothero demonstrates in his earlier book Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know and Doesn’t , is that most Americans don’t even know the tenets of their own faith. And if we’re going to put an end to the misinformation, it’s going to take those of us who are Christians to step up and say no to it. I think that Prothero’s presentation on CNN is something that needs to be heard.

Battle of the Burqa

Battle of the Burqa

By Heather Abraham Recent news reports and articles concerning France’s attempt to ban the wearing of certain modes of Islamic “veiling” in public is more than just the latest example of Western anti- Islamic sentiment.  As John Sullivan wrote in his Religion Nerd article entitled The Muslims are Coming, this  anti-Muslim sentiment has fallen in with the […]

What Do Americans Really Know About Islam?

What Do Americans Really Know About Islam?

Let’s face it; Americans know more about the sex lives of Tiger Woods and Jesse James than they do about Islam. If Arabs do not make up the majority of Muslims—who does? According to the Pew Research Center’s informative report, Mapping the Muslim World, “more than 60% of the global Muslim population is in Asia and about 20% in the Middle East and Northern Africa.”

fatwaPhobia

fatwaPhobia

No one likes their religion being skewered, so some response is always expected, but groups within Islam seem to present their tradition as a special case, not only for their intense reaction to any negativity surrounding their religion, but the consistent appeal to violent response.

Intra-Faith Divisions and the Dangers of Othering

Intra-Faith Divisions and the Dangers of Othering

“Italians are Catholics and Catholics don’t teach the truth about Jesus, they aren’t really Christians at all—they worship the Pope and saints.” Although I often write about the importance of interfaith dialogue, these two examples give us an opportunity to explore the phenomena of intra-faith divisions and discuss the dangers inherent in the process of othering.

To Veil or Not to Veil?

To Veil or Not to Veil?

Approximately what percentage of Muslims wear the full burka? The Quran does not prescribe the covering or “veiling” of women. In attempting to answer this challenging and complex question I will first give a brief historical overview on the practice of hijab or “veiling” in Islam.

What The Frack Do Americans Know About Islam?

What The Frack Do Americans Know About Islam?

Let’s face it; Americans know more about Tiger Woods’ sex life than they do about Islam.