Thursday, September 16, 2010

A church with a crescent on top?

"My basic disagreement with [the blog post in question] is not with its call for greater religious knowledge and understanding, including knowledge and understanding of Islam; it’s with the implicit assumption that once we come to know Islam we’ll find that it really teaches the same sorts of things we all believe anyway, that a mosque is basically just a church with a crescent instead of a cross on top."

–– Anthony Lusvardi, SJ, "Islam, Ignorance, and Diversity" via the blog, Whoseover Desires

A very interesting post by Lusvardi about some "on the ground" experiences of Islam in the Middle East and how "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism" figures into contemporary religious indifferentism.


Michael Turton said...

"moralistic therapeutic Deism"

Great term.

Codgitator (Cadgertator) said...

Yes, indeed, it comes from a book written by a scholar I think you'd like, and one of whose books I read years ago. Name escapes me. Follow the link to Lusvardi's article for more.