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  •  The founding principles of Judaism are (1+ / 0-)
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    widely held to be

    Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.

    Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

    with later formulations added on that basis, such as
    It has been told thee, O man, what is good: to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.

    What is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the Torah and the Prophets. The rest is commentary.

    On the other hand, the founding principle of Christianity can be argued to be
    Love thy neighbor as thyself.
    except among those impoverished souls for whom only faith counts, and specifically belief in Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection, because
    If Christ be not risen, then our faith is in vain.
    The founding principles of Islam are claimed in the Qur'an to be peace (salaam) and submission (islam) to the will of God, bismillah arrahman arrahim (In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful).

    So, not at all the same in expression, but with significant overlap in the realm of selflessness if taken seriously.

    I would take serious practitioners of any of those three over the people who cherry-pick their religious texts in search of a superior moral justification for selfishness.

    America—We built that!

    by Mokurai on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 10:33:54 PM PST

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    •  "serious practitioners of any of those three" (1+ / 0-)
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      Echoing R. Moshe Ben Maimon, who said The righteous of all nations have a portion in the world to come.

      I have a number of friends who have practiced Zen or Chan Buddhism, which looks as religious practice as a sort of tool to achieve The Way.  And any of the major world religions can be used as such a path.

      [I]t is totally not true that Mitt Romney strapped Paul Ryan to the top of a car and drove him to Canada. Stop spreading rumors! -- Gail Collins

      by mbayrob on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 01:15:13 AM PST

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