SpiffCoug wrote:Ddawg wrote:scott715 wrote:And that was Peterson's point. Some lady wrote a piece claiming we were more Muslim. He tore apart her thesis.
This is interesting. I've studied the Islamic faith quite a bit, and written several papers on it. To stretch and claim that Mormons are closer to Muslims than Christianity is severe "pretzel logic" syndrome. Some real mental gymnastics are occurring to come up with that thesis.
Not even close.
There are some similarities between the founding of Islam and Mormonism (visiting angels, divine scripture, etc.) but isn't that really how most religions start?
Someone has a visitation or achieves enlightenment and then a book about that it is produced.
One could claim any faith is similar to any other faith if the standard is set is general, universal experiences. Such as enlightenment, spiritual experiences, life changing attitudes and commitments, etc. Nearly all faiths have some experience with a being that could be defined as an angel, a god, a manifestation, a messenger, etc.
The point is - you have to drill deeper and look beyond the superficial, surface items that will be shared by nearly every faith. Atheists claim "All" religious folks are the same - looney. They claim people of faith are delusional because they are given to day dreaming, emotional hot flashes, and illogical tangents based on fairy tails.
And so it goes.