Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Islam and the Catholic Church

Q - What is the official Roman Catholic stance/view on Islam? I have read much about the religion, their holy book and prophet. The Quran is riddled with references to engaging in combat, whilst the prophet muhammad, from what I have read, is certainly no role model for society. Thanks for your insight!

A - Thanks for the question. If you want an official view, then we should go to primary sources. Here is a quote to get us started:

The Catechism of the Catholic Church:
841 The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."
Islam is one of the great monotheistic religions (along with Judaism and Christianity). So, there is a respect that is due the beliefs of Muslims, because if there is only one God, then logically we all worship Him, even if our understanding of Him (Trinity, incarnation, etc) is very different than Muslims. But, as with any religious system, the beliefs can be distorted into the image of violence.

Christians should speak up against the radical Muslims who wish to promote terror, violence, and hatred. But, we should also speak up against those who want the same thing and call themselves Christian or any other name. It does seem there is a much bigger tendency in Islam for violence, but we cannot indict all of Islam for the violence of some.

As Pope Benedict XVI has said, we need to seek "sincere and respectful dialogue" with Muslims. Why this need? Because "The inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue between Christians and Muslims is, in effect, a vital necessity, on which a large part of our future depends."

If we don't, the clash of civilizations will continue to the detriment of us all.

2 comments:

Carson Weber said...

It's important to realize that Islam specifically teaches - because its Holy Book, the Qu'ran teaches - that Jesus was never crucified upon the Cross, but that he only "appeared" to have been crucified. So, in our discussions with Muslims, it is very important to discuss the historicity of the crucifixion.

Peggy said...

I really beg to differ. Muslims believe that there is but one god and he is Allah, not Yahweh. I have done much research on the subject of the quran, hadith and surrahs. Allah was a moon god worshiped in the valley of Medina. Allah was elevated to 'single god' status by Muhammed. Muhammed also stole much of the Jewish Torah history to support his scam as he profited from pilgramages to Medina (and as Saudi Arabia still does). Hence, they have the cresent moon as their symbol.

Muhammed purpoted that they are the descendants of Ishmael (Abraham's son of the slave Hagar, ousted by Sara pending the birth of their son Issac). He did this to give legitimacy (if not to compete with the Jews which he sought to eradicate as they would not except him).

Until the accurate history of the beginnings of Islam are understood in the correct context, people will continue to believe that Islam is on par with Judaism and Christianity.