Friday, April 8, 2016

Philosophy Wire: Islam vs. Christianity: Two religions which differ a lot.


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2016-04-08]:

Because many people say a lot about how all religions (in particular Christianity and Islam) are the same, we should all be reminded of the following:

Islam was GENERALLY spread by the sword. [1] Christianity was not. Although there were instances where Christianity tried to expand through violence (I am referring in some cases of missionaries and not in the Crusades which were a case of war) even then these cases have not been universal and in no way can they collectively mark the whole history of Christianity. Christianity first spread amid wild persecution and survived. It became the basic religion in Europe not because Christians slaughtered all "unfaithful" (the only way with which Islam expands, but also a major method of promoting atheism – see Siberia) but because the new doctrine was preferred by most people because of its quality and its chaotic difference from the then prevailing religious worldview. There were, of course, persecutions conducted by self-acclaimed Christians (remember that Christ denounced all violence and even taught love towards our enemies), but these happened after Christianity had already become a serious foothold in the world. These persecutions were more political than religious and happened in an effort of the new secular power to establish itself (and not as a tool with which the new religion was established). Missions around the world to spread Christianity played a catalytic role in the establishment of democratic regimes in many countries, to the dismay of militant atheists. [2] As much as Atheists believe all Christians are equally bad to Muslims, one cannot fail to see that Christianity in the West has evolved to such an extent that now we have come to tolerate magazines like Charlie which curse/ insult God in the most brutal (and tasteless) way they can, while respectively muslims could be decapitating people in the public square because they have... blogs. Let us not forget that the movement of Humanism and the Renaissance were born and grown in a Christian Europe. [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15] Without Christianity, we would not have hospitals (helping those in need is not consistent with the theory of evolution) or human rights. Not to mention science, which was based for hundreds of years into the belief that we can read the mind of our Creator.

Just wanted to note these things. Not in order to change the minds of militant atheists (they do not change no matter what you tell them) but for anyone who thinks and reads in good faith.

Food for though.

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