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Written Word > Articles & Commentaries > September 2010 > Muslims, Christians, and Secularists
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Michael
Why is it that I have learned more about Islam since 911 than I learned in the first 60 years of my life? I appreciate this article for showing me even more. Since, in learning, it is best to procede from the know to the unknown, it is enlightening to begin with the common faith held by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Here I note that I have heard that there are more verses about the Blessed Virgin in the Koran than in the New Testament.

It will take a long time to overcome the demonizing of Jews, Muslims, and Protestants that is unfortunately part of our Roman Catholic past. This article is just a start.

While we are at this process of refocusing our perceptions of other religions, I want to say a word for secular humanism. It seems that this has become the new wipping boy for Catholic preachers. Say what you will, secular humanism is much better than secular inhumanism. Just as we see the common good shared by Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, we need to acknowledge the good inherent in humanism with its great respect for man.
10/29/2010 7:57:31 AM
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fran
Father Barron, I am a big fan of all you write. I has helped me understand catholicism in a very scientific and philosophical way.
In the above article you say that "no culture, no individual, no political party, no ideology is absolute". From this statement one can deduce that no religion is absolute too as long as we are worshiping the same God. Kindly Explain. Thank you.
11/25/2010 2:10:46 PM
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Paul
Father, the Koran specifically, repeatedly commands that innocent people be harmed. An Iftar dinner is no place for a Catholic.
11/25/2010 7:51:20 PM
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Al
Fran I think Fr. Barron is speaking of ideals (i.e. individuality, politics, culture, etc…) that are often emphasized by the secular world as the ultimate meaning of life; making God obsolete. In contrast, religions, at least the monotheistic ones, make the notion to place God front and center. So not sure where one can include “no religion is absolute” as you mentioned within the context of Fr. Barron’s commentary.
12/14/2010 12:43:19 PM
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Al
Paul, like Jesus who would eat with sinners, sometimes it is appropriate to be among those most in need of the gospel to begin opening the lines of communication and provide a common plane where conversions can begin to occur.
12/14/2010 12:51:57 PM
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Jeff
Michael, I would say that secular humanism has nothing more in it than is present in Christianity. At best, secular humanism is the bare minimum we all follow if we're not psychopaths. It is self evident. We respect other people in order to get something out of them. Christianity and natural law go far beyond that. Secondly, secular humanism is just atheism with borrowed ethics from Judeo-Christian tradition. It is used to subvert Christianity by showing a more 'humane' way of treating people without the 'hatred' that Christianity offers in its dislike of various sins which are tolerated and even allowed in secular humanism or any atheistic philosophy borrowed from Catholic natural law theology. Secular humanism is pitted as a replacement for Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The secular humanists can say that we have everything we need right there to be good, so we can throw belief in God away. This is of course the main reason why religious teachers are opposed to it.
12/16/2010 5:52:05 PM
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