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Do Judaism, Christianity, and Islam really share a common heritage?

November 09, 2012

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are sometimes categorized as related monotheistic religions, tracing their roots to the patriarch Abraham: a common heritage that could be the basis for peace accords. But in an interesting essay published in the Wall Street Journal, Jon Levenson shows that the three faiths have markedly different beliefs about the role of Abraham and Abraham’s God—beliefs that could divide rather than unite.


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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Nov. 09, 2012 7:36 PM ET USA

    This is something that has been known for ages by traditional Catholics, especially as regards Islam which is why the statement in the new Catechism about Muslims "adoring the one God" is difficult to reconcile with traditional teaching unless it is taken to mean that subjectively speaking Muslims believe in one God the same way we do. The old Act of Faith used to say that the reason we believe is on the authority of God "who canst neither deceive nor be deceived". God is Trinitarian or He isn't