Part 3: Resurrection, Day of Judgment, Heaven & Hell and Jerusalem
According to a recent Pew Forum survey, 78.4% of the U.S. population self-identifies as Christian — clearly an overwhelming majority. By contrast, Jews account for only 1.7% and Muslims a mere 0.6% of the population.
Overwhelming majorities (of whatever sort) sometimes pay little attention to, and may actually know very little about, the tiny minorities around them. This, of course, often holds true regarding religious majorities and minorities; a lot of American Christians know relatively little about Judaism, and even less about Islam.
Knowing so little about them, many Americans may wrongly assume that Jews and Muslims have almost nothing in common, religiously speaking, with each other. Many might be surprised to learn that there is actually a significant amount of common ground shared by these two faiths.
I previously began enumerating the first four of ten noteworthy similarities between Judaism and Islam, with which readers unfamiliar with either faith might be unaware. That “top ten” list now continues with beliefs in the resurrection, a day of judgment, heaven and Hell, and Jerusalem.
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