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Christianity versus Islam Christianity the largest religion in the world has followers in every country Islam is the second largest religion in the world About 20 of the worlds population follow it It is the fastest growing religion In a few years it is reported that Islam will be the religion with the largest number of followers on Earth superseding Christianity Braswell 2000 To be classified as a Christian one is expected to accept the major Christian beliefs to be following the way of life that Jesus taught and to be a part of the Christian community Huntington 1996 p 15 Islam is an Arabic word that means submission or surrender to the will of Allah God The other literal meaning of the word Islam is peace for it brings peace of mind to individuals Muslim or Moslem is one who submits to the will of God Islam refers to the religion and Muslim refers to the one who embraces Islam Braswell 2000 The violence of September 11 and the current war against terrorism have made millions of Americans interested in wanting to learn more about the Islamic religion Today many articles are posted on the internet comparing Christianity to Islam There are many misconceptions associated with Islam Many people associate Islam with terrorists and the submission of women because of Arab societies and political groups like the Taliban Therefore I chose this topic to gain a better understanding of Islam and to separate fact from fiction truth from lies and right from wrong It is true that Christianity and Islam do share a few similarities Yet each maintains its own unique characters which distinct one from the other I wanted to compare the similarities and differences between the worlds two most popular religions Christianity and Islam share a few similar beliefs and practices such as belonging to the monotheistic family Monotheism one-God-ism belief that there is
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