3 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Monotheism vs polytheism wholly defines reltive tolerance, compatibility, and similarity.

Reader comment on item: The Jewish-Muslim Connection: Traditional Ways of Life

Submitted by Jon (Sweden), Sep 28, 2014 at 18:17

Judaism and Islam can be said to be in the same religious category. Christianity is in a wholly different category, cannot be said to be compatible with either Judaism or Islam, and the core beliefs of Judaism and Islam are intolerant of Christianity.

What has been left unsaid, and what has to be said because it trumps all other comparisons, is that Judaism and Islam are truly monotheist. They would both consider Christians to be polytheists or idolaters. Both Judaism and Islam are violently intolerant of idolaters, if their core religious texts are to be believed. The political centers of both religions are controlled enough by orthodox/fundamentalists to beleive (know) that they uphold their respective religion's judgements and prescriptions regarding people whom they consider modern idolaters.

It's no coincidence that there are millions more Muslims living in Israel than there are Christians. Jews tolerate Muslims, from a religious perspective. They do not tolerate polytheist idolater Christians except when living amongst them in their lands. The historical conflicts are well documented. Jews often consider the 'golden age' in Spain, when it was ruled by Islamic Moors, to be Judaism's most peaceful and productive time in any European land.

Christians, as a potentially large immigrant group, are unwelcome in Israel because they are not monotheists according to the Torah/Talmud, and such idolaters cannot reside in Israel. Conversely, there is no core religious tolerance conflict with Islamic monotheism and so Muslims live in the Holy Land by the millions.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Daniel Pipes replies:

I am posting this despite my fundamental disagreement with its premise.

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Monotheism vs polytheism wholly defines reltive tolerance, compatibility, and similarity. by Jon

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)