Good article by this guy Monte on religious fundamentalists. But he hasn’t quite polished his defense of Christian fundamentalism.
Christian fundamentalism may vary-
-but whatever it is, it cannot involve murder or coercion.
That’s…true. But it’s a little “damning with faint praise”, isn’t it? Why not just state Christian fundamentalism, since Jesus gave it to us in easily understandable form?
(Almost as if He anticipated this questions arising. Did Mohammed?)
“Rabbi, what is the great commandment?” Christ was asked. Give us the Cliff’s Notes version, here. Sum it up for us…you can’t, can you?. Ah, ha ha! Gotcha, Lord! You can’t do it! Life and morality is just too complicated and no one can just-
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
If we weren’t all mental and moral idiots Jesus wouldn’t have needed to toss out that second commandment. In loving God properly we’d automatically love others as ourselves.
Anyway, that’s the Christian fundament. Disagreement is not permissible; Christ specifically addressed this concern so no one else can define Christian fundamentalism. You have a different theological basis? Then start your own damn religion.
That’s what Mohammed did.
I don’t know if he ever tried to “sum up” Islam as Jesus summed up Christianity, and don’t care. But I’m pretty sure “love those who spitefully use you” isn’t among his tenets.