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"Moderate" Religion

Reader comment on item: The Middle East Forum Debates Moderate Islam

Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Apr 1, 2014 at 05:56

Daniel, you said,

"'a reformed Islam can emerge' if Muslims emulate their fellow monotheists and adapt their religion..."

This sort of thinking has held sway in Hinduism and Paganism, where syncretism is the order of the day. In the Abrahamic religions, however, "adapting" the revelation of God to one's liking has always been frowned upon; and what you describe as "moderation" has usually been looked upon as "heresy" and "apostasy". Changing one's religion, moreover, in order to achieve harmony with one's neighbors, goes against the very foundation of the Abrahamic faiths. The Abrahamic religions are named after a man, Abram, whose distinguishing mark was the fact that he LEFT the religion of his family and neighbors in order to worship the one God he considered to be true, in a more pure way.

I expect the "moderating" trend in Christianity, Judaism and even Islam to continue; but it will always be in conflict with the core scriptures of those religions.

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