Originally posted by whodey
Oh really? So the teachings of Christ and of Mohammad are exactly the same? Their lives were lived much in the same way? You can't really be serious.
The teachings and lives of Christ and Mohammad are the window dressing. But beneath that superficial difference, they are exactly the same. They are both text based, monotheistic, evangelical religions that are intolerant of dissent and hostile to secularism. That is the substance of each religion.
And ATY's comments about influence and absolute control have nothing to do with the religions themselves. That speaks more about the societies in which christianity and Islam thrive. If christianity exercises only influence and not absolute control, it is because of the secular Enlightenment which stripped christianity of its absolute control. Most Islamic countries have not had the benefit of a comparable Enlightenment, and so they continue to wallow under the absolute control of their religion. But the crucial point here is that given half a chance, christianity would jump at the opportunity to re-establish the absolute control it enjoyed over society during the dark ages. Christianity would love to exercise the level of absolute control over society that Islam currently has.