[quote=ktm]Compare this to the founder of this other religion we’re discussing, who explicitly commanded his followers to commit murder, rape, etc.
I’m not saying Muhammad was a nice guy, not at all. But do you want to go back and look at the record of some of the OT prophets? I mean, we all know where Shibboleth gets his name from, right?
There are two ways to look at this issue: (1) The Roman Catholic Church is the one true church. If that’s true, then this is a really silly discussion. Of course Islam is wrong, and it doesn’t really matter how wrong it is, does it? And if it’s wrong, anyone taken in by it is a dupe and fool, and anyone who promotes it is [insert a really bad thing here]. And, if these things are true, then this is a really pointless discussion, isn’t it?
(2) The Roman Catholic Church is not the one true church, and there is more than one path to heaven. Then (and only then) does there seem to be any point to getting to the relative merits of Islam and Catholicism.
Thanks for the link on the inquisition, by the way. I may have to go dust off my master’s thesis and re-read it.
I wonder if I did the “quote” thing right?