Christianity And Islam : Islam And Christianity Essay

1060 Words May 3rd, 2016 null Page
Two major monotheistic religions that have significantly different views on the way followers should act yet have surprisingly similar justifications for going to war: Islam and Christianity. Islamic faith is centered on the belief in Jihad, or an internal struggle, and “he who does not join the warlike expedition (jihad), or equip a warrior, or looks well after a warrior’s family when he is away, will be smitten by Allah with a sudden calamity.” Many people often associate Christianity as a pacifist religion, but this is not entirely accurate as seen in the crusades in the Middle Ages where Pope Urban II sent men to help the Byzantine’s fight off the advancing Seljuk Turks. Although Christianity and Islam have many fundamentally different aspects with respect to their way of life, methods of worship, and origins, they both have historically partaken in war for similar reasons.
The world saw an influx in the popularity of Christianity after God spoke to Constantine during a dream before the Battle of Milvian Bridge after which Constantine lifted the ban on Christianity and eventually became the official religion of Rome. After Rome was split and the Western Roman Empire was invaded by Germanic tribes, Christian missionaries sought to convert the invaders and were mostly successful. This conversion process continued for several centuries, but the threat of invasion from outsiders posed a moral problem. Although the underlying principle of Christianity taught is “turn…

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