A Comparative Look at Abrahamic Religion Essay

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Sarah Ketron World Civilization from Beginning to 1650 (HIST 1110 001) Professor Ruff 26 March 2012 “An imam, a priest, and a rabbi walk into a bar” A comparative look at Abrahamic religion “An imam, a priest, and a rabbi walk into a bar,” it sounds like the beginning of any number of bad jokes that have been told. My personal favorite is as followed: “An imam, a priest, and a rabbi walk into a bar. The Rabbi says “Shalom”, the Priest says “Peace”, and the Imam says “Salaam”. The Atheist says “Go Sox!”” This joke is good because the first thing you think about is why a priest, an imam, and a rabbi would be walking into a bar in the first place. On the other hand, you can see the similarities in the three religions, which all have a message of peace; just different ways of saying it. I believe that to be true of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity which all promote a lifestyle of brotherhood, charity, and diligence. “… Islam, then, has certain similarities with Judaism and Christianity, arising from the fact that they share the same basic geographic and historical background. This makes all three religions cousins of sorts. Ahl al Kitab means people of the book. It is a term used to describe Jews and Christians in the Qur’an. It refers to the fact that God revealed books to their ancestors” (Emerick 208). Religion is one thing that has been a topic of ferocious debate since as long as anyone can remember – and longer. When man first began to ponder the universal questions of life, they lacked the scientific and mathematical means of finding the answers. Therefore a need for religion was formed. Man will never outgrow this need, because mankind will never know everything. In this way you could argue that religion is a means of explaining the unexplainable so that one may find peace in their ignorance. Therefore religion is a very

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