“The Church’s relationship with the Muslims.”
Notice, “Muslims” as people… not making any mention of Islam the religion itself.
The CCC also doesn’t specifically refer to Judaism or the various Protestant denominations. The section before 841 deals with the “Jewish People.” If we apply your above conclusion about Muslims/Islam, then we can only infer that the CCC is talking about the Hebrew ethnic group, not the Hebrew faith. Additionally, the reference to Muslims is itself a mention of Islam. Muslim is an Islamic concept, not a Catholic concept.
“The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims”
The plan of salvation includes everyone in general should they choose to follow, so while this sounds quite flattering on the surface, it’s not giving Muslims any higher regard than anyone else… much less the religion of Islam itself which still hasn’t been acknowledged here.
I disagree. The letter by BJPtG included at the front, the structure of the CCC as a whole and the sections within it, and the history of the CCC all demonstrate that the appearance of a subject and its order of appearance is not done haphazardly or without purpose. The section that 841 appears in deals with the Church and non-Christian faiths. They are listed in order of their understanding of the Truth. Judaism, then Islam, then all the others. Islam is between Judaism and all others because its understanding of the Truth [concept of God, importance/validity of Judaims and Christianity, and the Truths contained within some of Islam’s teachings] is less complete then Judaism’s but more so then all the others.
“these profess to hold the faith of Abraham”
They “profess” to but of course this doesn’t imply in any way that their profession is actually correct.
Agreed. Through the errors in their faith, Muslims think they are holding true to the “faith of Abraham.” This is only compounded due to the way in which Jewish and Christian teachings were incorporated into/used as a foundation for the Islamic faith itself.
“and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”
As you’ve mentioned before the distinction that needs to be made is that while Muslims do technically worship the same God we do (since there’s only one God that can possibly be worshipped), the understanding Muslims have of God is a flawed one.
Here you are contradicting the Church and ignoring the Truths found within Islam concerning God. With your above statement, I could easily argue that pagan Romans “technically” worshipped God. Unlike the other non-Jewish non-Christian faiths, Islam has the general [due to the errors within Islam] concept of God correct. To say that every faith “technically” worships God because there is akin to saying that people who believe the moon is made of cheese are no different then people who believe the moon is made of rock.
It should go without saying that when people mention “the God of Islam” what they really mean to imply is the set of beliefs Islam holds to be true about God and what God has commanded. And this set of beliefs is clearly at odds with the Church, the truth, and in some cases even basic morality.
It should go without saying that any statment which begins with “it should go without saying” should be closey examined for assumptions, generalities, and implied “mind reading;” including this statement itself. You can not assume what people really mean, especially when said assumption is based on a concept that is defined differently depending on the populace using it. Order a “coke” in the south, and you’ll be asked what type. Order a “coke” up north and you’ll get a coke.