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nooneknows123
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Phenenas
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Should we reconcile Cresent(Muslim) and Cross(Catholic/Christian)

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Started: 8/23/2016 Category: Religion
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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nooneknows123

Con

CAUSE THEY HAVE SUPER-DIFFERENT BELIEFS LIKE; In Islam:"it is says that killing is pleased by Allah because all those people that had been killed will go to the kingdom of Allah"
But in christian/catholic: "Thou shalt not kill"
Second, Ramadan
Shall Catholic/Christian will attend Ramadan?
Or
Should Islam must participate Holy Week?
Phenenas

Pro

I will present my opening argument, structuring it into three main points:
1. Obvious similarities
2. Reconcilable differences
3. Ending violence

1. Obvious similarities
To begin with, Christianity and Islam are far more similar than they are different. Both arose out of the Abrahamic Jewish tradition and revere many of the same holy texts. The entire Jewish Torah is accepted as part of both their canons, called the Old Testament by Christians and the Taurat by Muslims. Muslims even accept the Christian Gospels, calling them the Injil.

Both faiths, in concept, are devout, monotheistic, rigidly moral, and emphasize global expansion to all peoples. Due to their acceptance of the Hebrew Scriptures, they agree on the way the world was created, the nature of sin, and the existence and divine inspiration of such legendary figures as Abraham, Moses, and Elijah. Muslims believe that Jesus's teachings came straight from God, and even accept his resurrection. They simply don't accept his status as God or the son thereof.

If one examines Christianity and Islam in the context of all other world faiths, the two are remarkably similar. Many Muslims insist that Jews, Christians, and themselves all worship the same god. With a few compromises, the two religions would be practically inseparable. However, like political parties, nobody is interested in the similarities because they are too busy bickering about the differences. Therefore, I will address them.

2. Reconcilable differences
The main factor that separates these two faiths is acceptance of the Qu'ran. Muslims believe that the Qu'ran is the greatest, purest, and final message of God. Christians, having come about first, have no official stance on the book, but New Testament theology would label it as false prophecy and Muhammad as the Antichrist. I will admit that no true Christian would revere Muhammad as a holy figure, and no true Muslim would praise Jesus as God's equal.

But these ideas are theological trivialities that have no relevance in our modern society. In an era ruled by science, religious belief is rapidly eroding. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2014, only 74% of religious Americans believe in God with absolute certainty. [1] A much smaller percentage believe in absolutely everything that their sacred text has to say. More and more people around the world turn to religion for personal satisfaction, comforting routine, and communal support, rather than actual acceptance of the worldview. So while the beliefs themselves are contradictory, that doesn't really matter, because we are no longer in the Middle Ages; theology has very little power and influence.

Con presents the dilemma "Shall Catholic/Christian will attend Ramadan? [sic] Or Should Islam must participate Holy Week? [sic]" To me, it doesn't matter, because they're both based on superstitious Medieval traditions and primitive dietary laws. If I had to choose, Ramadan would get priority, because it is outlined in the Qu'ran. Holy Week and Lent are mentioned nowhere in the Bible, having been invented by the Catholic Church after the Apostolic Age.

3. Ending violence
Finally, the most important reason for unison of Christianity and Islam. While the history of these two faiths involves interludes of peace and violence, the latter periods are extremely destructive and volatile - the Crusades, the Ottoman wars, the Armenian genocide, and most recently, bands of Islamic terrorists. I argue that Christian churches and Mohammedan mosques should unite for a cause higher and more noble than petty issues of belief. If they were forced to cooperate and coexist, they may strive to find what they have in common as opposed to slaughtering each other.

Con states that "In Islam: 'it is says [sic] that killing is pleased by Allah because all those people that had been killed will go to the kingdom of Allah' But in christian/catholic: 'Thou shalt not kill'"

I would request that Con give some kind of quote or evidence from the Qu'ran that killing is pleased by Allah, because your first statement has no backing. In actuality, the Qu'ran allows violence only in self-defense. Observe 5:32, which says "whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely." Also see 2:190, which is outspoken against unprovoked violence: "Fight in the way of God against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! God loveth not aggressors." [2] Now, it's true that the early Islamic conquests were some of the bloodiest events in history. Were the conquerors hypocrites who didn't practice what they preached? Yes, absolutely, and that has no bearing on the Qu'ran itself. The same could be said for Christianity.

No rational human being on this planet believes that Christianity and Islam can actually be united into one giant religion. But this debate is not on whether such a thing could happen, but whether it should. If these two religions could come to a compromise, the modern world would be a far safer place to live.

SOURCES:
1. http://www.pewresearch.org...;
2. The Qu'ran
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Posted by Phenenas 1 year ago
Phenenas
Con has 6 hours left to post an argument. If Con forfeits and The Glitch freezes my debate again, I will actually tear my eyebrows off.
Posted by CuriousFear 1 year ago
CuriousFear
The Christian gave no argument and just kept making baseless comments, unlike the Muslim who was calm and sane.
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