That’s not even worth pointing out, right? I mean, anyone can see that the idea in tennis is to hit a ball over a net suspended above a rectangular court, keeping the ball within the bounds of that court while trying to position it in such a way that your opponent cannot return it, whereas the idea in volleyball is…wait, did I get that backward?
One of the analysts at GraniteGrok has criticized Prince Charles for claiming that Islam and Christianity have more similarities than differences. This is plainly true, but there are many people out there who are sufficiently addled and invested in goofy ecclesiastical one-upmanship to confuse warring people with conflicting principles. In other words, just because radical Muslims hate Christians and Jews doesn’t mean that these three religions don’t have a common origin and hence, a great many things in common beyond the obvious.
Says the Grok-sucker:
“Clues…clues….someone hand [Preince Charles] one. If one does only even a surface examination of the basic tenents [sic] of each faith, there is nothing in common – they are diametrically opposed to each other theologically (why else does [sic] many of the Islamofascists believe that we are of the Dar Al-Kufr – land of infidels?).”
I wonder if this guy thinks that the Red Sox and the Yankees — bitter Major League rivals — are “diametrically opposed” organizations and operate via wholly different mechanisms and beliefs. My guess is that players on both teams have similar conditioning regimens, take about the same amount of batting practice, play in accordance with same strategies, and so on. After all, they have the same goal — to win. Just like the leaders of Christianity and Islam each want sole dominion over the world.
I’m not a religious historian, but I am aware that both Islam and Christianity are monotheistic, driven by prophets and prohecies, owe their origins to Jews, describe events taking place in the deserts of the Middle East, place great importance on the idea of divine revelation, and ar driven by textual (Biblical or Qu’rani) tradition and ethics. I suppose if one interprets “diametrically opposed” to mean “differing only in the details,” the Grok-sucker is dead on.
Merely noting that Christianity and Islam religions have more in common than not is certainly not going to bring about world peace. But pretending that Christians and Muslims are at each other’s throats owing to fundamental theological differences is ignorant to the point of absurdity and can do nothing more than provide handy reasons for promoting further hostilities.