Fri Mar 30th, 2007 at 05:29:32 AM EST
In the current climate, it is taken for granted that there is the Judeo-Christian tradition on the one hand, and Islam on the other. But does that really make sense? If you look at the doctrines of these three religions, you will find that Islam and Judaism line up nicely on one side, with Christianity on the other.
Dietary laws have something to do with religion and must be observed? Check.
Males must be circumcised? Check.
Christ was not divine? Check.
No concept of the Trinity? Check.
The idea of "Love thy neighbor as thyself" plays no special role? Check.
Judging from this, it appears that Islam is nothing more than an adaptation of Judaism for non-Jews. Whereas Christianity was a reformation of Judaism.
Thus, Islam and Judaism have more in common with each other than either has with Christianity. So why does the West, based as it is upon its Christian tradition, take sides in the ongoing dispute between people of the Book who reject Christ as Savior, privileging Israel above the Muslim world?