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The Thin Line Between Catholicism And Islam

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H.G. Rezas's article titled Embracing Islam, Praying for Acceptance describes the transition that many Roman Catholic Latinos experienced when they decided to become Muslims. Kathy Espinoza mentioned that her transition from Catholicism to Islam was not difficult since both religions shared similar doctrines (Reza 2). The doctrinal dimension of a religion is made up of its core values and beliefs. In monotheistic religions such as Islam and Catholicism, their doctrines are based in the belief that God is the creator of the universe and is the one whom all humans depend on. Both religions believe in Jesus as a prophet, as well they accept the importance of the virgin Mary. The difference between their doctrines is that Catholics believe in the holy trinity. Islam, in contrast, rejects the idea that God was incarnated as human.
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Catholicism's faith is based on the holy trinity. The word trinity, comes from "tri" meaning three and "unity" meaning one; Catholics believe that the Father God, the son, and the holy spirit are the same person. This doctrine comes clear when it interacts dialectically with the Catholic narrative dimension. For example in the Bible, one can find a description of the holy trinity; the book of John Chapter 15: 22, mentions, " When the Counselor has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about me." This explains how God acquires three different forms without losing his essence. For Catholics rejecting the existence of the holy trinity is denying God's sacrifice on the cross and not accepting that his spirit is between us. However, many people questioned Catholicism since they believed that accepting the holy trinity does not match with Catholicism nature as monotheist religion. As a result, many people complain that the catholic doctrinal dimension is too complex. They might spend more time trying to explain the religion's doctrine rather than finding spiritual guidance.
It is also important to highlight that people become religious, because they look for the functional features that a religion can offer to them. According to the religious phenomenologist , Roger Schmidt, these features are: Intellectual, social and emotional functions (12). People seek the religion's intellectual function to understand the how and why of things. In this case, many Catholics turn to Islam with the purpose to find a less complex doctrine about the holy. Pablo Calderon, a newly Muslim member mentioned "I had trouble believing that someone could come to this world as a man and become God" (Reza 2). In Islam, its doctrinal dimension is based in the oneness of God, therefore Muslims believe...

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