Ancient Religious Traditions
Rich Grogoza, Team Leader
Juanita Simmons, Co-Team Leader
Introduction to Islam/Nature of the universe and humankind. Islam is said to be a religion of peace. “Islam does not presuppose any inherent wickedness of human nature. Any negative representation of man’s basic nature as a source of evil and wickedness is clearly rejected.” (http://www.science-islam.net/article.php3?id_article=458&lang=en). Since the events of September 11, 2001, the mainstream view of Islam has been a negative one. Christianity and Islam believe we are all born free of sin. “At birth, the baby is totally innocent and is not responsible of his parents or any of his ancestors. Environmental and other external influences keep on modifying his blueprint.” (http://www.science- islam.net/article.php3?id_article=458&lang=en). Christians believe God created the heavens and the earth. Islamists also believe the universe was created by God, Allah,” (http://www.mideastweb.org/islamintro5.htm ). He is the sovereign in the universe who both expands and terminates it in his appointed time. Islam is a diverse religion. The Sunni, Shi’a, Sufism, and Ahmadiyya make up the four main groups of Islam (http://www.mideastweb.org/islamintro5.htm ). With any religion, there will be extremists. As it is with Christianity, where one denomination may not agree with another, the same is true with Islam. Speaking with a co-worker who is Muslim, she describes the Islamic religion as, “One of peace, learning, continuous move forward in life, continuous worship, and respect of God.” (http://www.religionfacts.com/islam/sects.htm). From the research Group 1 has conducted, Islam has unique beliefs, conflicts, a way for resolving the conflicts, and unresolved issues. This paper will explore these areas. Diagnosis of what is wrong with mankind. After conducting research on...