Comparitive Religious Studies – Updated

Your brain on Islam.
Your brain on Christianity.

Any questions?

Update: Terry Mattingly at Get Religion makes the distinction I failed to make yesterday between Moslims and Islamists. I’ve been troubled all day by my failure. He quotes (and links to) a passage from Time magazine, which to him, seems “obvious”:

I’m not saying that I know exactly what these “obvious” facts mean, right now. But here’s the bottom line:

The case is an embarrassment for the Sudanese government, whose policies in Darfur have helped make it an international pariah. But the government is hamstrung by extremist elements, who will capitalize on any perception that Khartoum is bowing to British pressure, said Professor Elteyb Hag Ateya, director of Khartoum University’s peace research institute.

“There is a sort of ‘who is the best Muslim?’ competition to this whole thing which makes it difficult for the government to be seen to back down,” he said.

Surely that statement is depressing reading for mainstream Muslims.

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