Islam vs. Christianity; compare and contrast two ancient religions

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Thesis: Despite the fact that there are many similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity, both religions are significant in today's society, which is reflected in the grand number of followers each has amassed.

I. Similarities between Islam and Christianity

A. The "messenger" angel Gabriel

B. Message delivered of one God

C. Creation and Judgment

D. Concept of Forgiveness

E. Basic Rules of Guidance

1. Islam: Five Pillars

2. Christianity: Ten Commandments

F. "Book" Religion

1. Islam: Koran

2. Christianity: Bible

II. Differences between Islam and Christianity

A. Prayer

B. Pilgrimage/ No Pilgrimage

C. Giving of Money

D. Interpretations of the Bible

1. Abraham's Sacrifice

2. Virgin birth/ Nature of
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For this reason, we can pick up on a number of things that ring true in each religion and a number of things that are completely different between the two of them. Aside from the similarities and differences, each of these religions is still recognized in today's society despite the fact that they are both centuries old.

Islam vs. Christianity

Despite the fact that there are many similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity, both religions are significant in today's society, which is apparent in the grand number of followers each has amassed. Islam and Christianity are in themselves, complete religions with many followers. Islam was born of Christianity in that a large part of Islam's basic belief structure is based on that of Christianity and some portions of the Bible. Because of this fact, there are a number of similarities and a comparative number of differences between the two religions.

The beginnings of Islam are actually deeply rooted in Christianity, based on the conviction by the prophet of Islam, Mohammed that Christians had departed from belief in God's message as revealed in their scriptures (Pike, 67). Approximately 610, the first of many revelations came to him and these visions were believed to have been delivered from God by the angel Gabriel (Pike, 17). Here we begin to see the similarities between the two religions as Gabriel is also the angel that brings news of Jesus' birth (Jesus
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