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    Which Religion is more "pushy?" Christianity or Islam?

    Which Religion is more "pushy?" Christianity or Islam? When I say "pushy" I mean which religion did more to spread itself by any means necessary and which one had more oppressive governments?

    For me, it's Christianity, seeing as how it was spread from Europe around the world and was used as a reason to screw over the indigenous peoples of the world.
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    Re: Which Religion is more "pushy?" Christianity or Islam?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Invisible View Post
    Which Religion is more "pushy?" Christianity or Islam? When I say "pushy" I mean which religion did more to spread itself by any means necessary and which one had more oppressive governments?

    For me, it's Christianity, seeing as how it was spread from Europe around the world and was used as a reason to screw over the indigenous peoples of the world.
    You can't really quantify a question like that. There were spikes and declines in early phases in history which paved the way for more complex patterns of spikes and declines in later phases. A lot of their conversion-focused aggression was based on mutual provocation, making who is responsible for specific developments even more difficult to follow. Overall, the web of causality is too complex to decipher mathematically.

    The histories of both religions showcase human fallibility and difficulties one must face in order to develop authentic spirituality.
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    Re: Which Religion is more "pushy?" Christianity or Islam?

    Depends on what area you live in, depends on what time period your talking about. There are alot of variables
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    Re: Which Religion is more "pushy?" Christianity or Islam?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Depends on what area you live in, depends on what time period your talking about. There are alot of variables


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    Re: Which Religion is more "pushy?" Christianity or Islam?

    What YourStar said. I can't pick one over the other. Both have way too much of a bloody history.
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    Re: Which Religion is more "pushy?" Christianity or Islam?

    I'd like a "no opinion" option, but okay.

    The two religions are in very different circumstances. On one hand Islam resides in one of the poorest and most poverty stricken areas on Earth, while on the other Christianity is hugely popular in first world nations, particularly the United States.

    Islam is certainly no religion of peace. Neither is Christianity. By this I don't mean how the majority of adherents interpret the books, but by how I personally interpret them. I know Christians and Muslims that are brilliant people.

    I dislike the whole idea of saying one is more pushy than the other, and more often that not it's not the people of a nation that wage war, but the elite who control it.

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    Re: Which Religion is more "pushy?" Christianity or Islam?

    Historically? The Crusades and Inquisition are often mentioned, but less commonly spoken of is the Caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, the Muslim invasion of Eastern Europe, the Moors invasion of Spain.

    Modern Christianity does not expand by the sword, or execute "heretics".

    Modern Islam does.

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    Re: Which Religion is more "pushy?" Christianity or Islam?

    Well, we do have here either an Islamist or worse yet a supporter.
    Both religions, down thru the years , have been infested with extremists.
    However, today, there is no doubt.
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    Re: Which Religion is more "pushy?" Christianity or Islam?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Well, we do have here either an Islamist or worse yet a supporter.
    Both religions, down thru the years , have been infested with extremists.
    However, today, there is no doubt.
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    Re: Which Religion is more "pushy?" Christianity or Islam?

    You Star really put it perfectly.

    It really depends on time, location, and what you mean as "pushy".

    For example, in the modern day America, I would consider fundamentalist Christians that constantly inform you how sinful you are and urge you to save your soul despite you in no way asking for such information to be "pushy". In contrast, in modern Iran and some other Muslim dominated states, its potentially a death sentence...literally...for converting from Islam to Christianity. I don't call that "pushy". That's like calling someone stabbing you in the face a "pin prick".

    Many religions at some point in their history have violent or forceful spreading of their religious beliefs, usually when people are using those beliefs for their own ends. However, its difficult to talk about all of history as if it is one giant and equally relevant entity.
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