2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Islam and Christianity: Finding a Way Out of the Cycle of Violence
Lucas J. Gleaves
Dr. Mark Appold, Faculty Mentor

Since the inception of Islam Christians and Muslims have been in varying degrees of conflict. In order to break the cycle of violence, both sides must recognize the pain of the past and come to terms with their differences, while focusing on their similarities. It is important to point out the fact that neither religion is monolithic. I will discuss cultural differences between the societies that these religions started in, as well as differences in the teachings of Muhammad and Jesus. The similarities I discuss will include the importance of Jesus in both traditions and their Abrahamic roots. In order to stop the cycle, I contend that the West must end its exploitation of the Middle East, and Muslims must focus on Jihad as inner spiritual struggle, instead of Jihad as holy war. Finding common ground while acknowledging a painful past is the only way Christians and Muslims will have a peaceful future.

Keywords: Christianity, Islam, Peace, Jihad, War

Topic(s):Philosophy & Religion

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 64-2
Location: OP 2111
Time: 3:00 pm

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