Abrahamic religions and their doctrinal continuity

This theological continuity among them [the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam] is profound, especially given that the great religions of Eastern Asia, the dominant schools of Greek philosophy, modernity and postmodernity, in short almost all other religious and philosophical systems, cannot claim anything close to this level of doctrinal continuity.

My two cents

Symbol of the three Abrahamic religions.
Symbol of the three Abrahamic religions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yeah, I think in the last few months I’ve become more interested in the comparative elements of the Abrahamic religions. I think about half of the world’s people are members of an Abrahamic faith; what a good figure and I wonder what Abraham himself would think of it.

Quote source

Dodds, A. (2009). The Abrahamic Faiths? Continuity and Discontinuity in Christian and Islamic Doctrine. Evangelical Quarterly. 81 (3), 230-253.


5 thoughts on “Abrahamic religions and their doctrinal continuity

  1. Thank you for posting a quote from my article but I fear that by itself this quote is rather misleading. In my article I go on to articulate the profound discontinuity between Christian and Islamic doctrine concerning four core Christian beliefs. I encourage readers to read the whole article to grasp what is a more complex picture than this isolated quote suggests.

  2. Dear ‘Michael’? I formally request that you either remove my quote from your website or add the quotes below to it, which are from the same article. Including my quote on a website dedicated to ‘reassuring quotes’ is quite misleading and misrepresentative of both myself and my article.

    In my article, as I examine Christian and Islamic doctrine in more detail concerning four central Christian beliefs, I find the discontinuity to be overwhelming. Here are excerpts from my article:

    For Muslims the Christian belief in Jesus Christ is quite intolerable. Likewise, Christians finds Islamic belief about Jesus quite insufficient. … It is clear, therefore, that Christian and Islamic beliefs about Jesus Christ are simply incompatible.

    Christian and Islamic beliefs concerning Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are irreconcilably contradictory.

    Belief in the Triune God as depicted in the New Testament presentation of God and central to Christian orthodoxy is held by Islam to be the only unforgivable sin. On this aspect of faith Christian and Muslim beliefs could not be more discontinuous.

    In conclusion, the Bible is held by Christians to be sacred, central to Christian theology, ethics and devotion. Islam theoretically affirms the Bible as originally given but rejects the Bible extant today believing that it has been irretrievably corrupted and superseded by the Qur’an. Christian and Islamic beliefs concerning the Bible remain irreconcilable.

  3. Part of the conclusion of my article:

    “The utility of ‘Abrahamic faiths’ for inter-faith dialogue has been seriously questioned… Far from being a term that unites these faiths it is actually an assertion of religious supremacy, the will to power. Muhammad’s claim to practise the ‘religion of Abraham’ did not function as a uniting slogan in the modern interfaith sense, but from the perspective of Christianity was subversive in claiming to be the only authentic religious community. …From the perspective of the Qur’an, Christianity is an Abrahamic religion that has been corrupted and superseded by Islam. Thus ‘Abrahamic faiths’ is a distinctly Islamic term that subverts historic Judaism and Christianity, the very opposite of its alleged intended usage.”

    “…the meaning of ‘Abrahamic faiths’… in the Qur’an [i]s shown by F. E. Peters, where it is a loaded term which serves the Islamic da’wah by undermining the authenticity of rival faith claims. Therefore, I conclude that ‘Abrahamic faiths’ is a term that should be abandoned by scholars except in its original qur’anic signification. Consequently, its usage should also be abandoned in interfaith activities as a concealed will to power which directly contradicts the spirit of such activities…”

  4. Dear Adam,

    I accept every premise in your comments this morning, except for the one regarding the title of my website. That’s because your original quote is reassuring—to me. I’ve used the website title in order to dis existentialism in general, but no-one (except maybe for you) has picked up on it yet.

    I originally tried to find your whole article online, but couldn’t. I think it may have been available in an online journal archive, but those aren’t open to the public and I didn’t think I’d be able to copy/paste the article in full (if I found it). I was half expecting you to send a publicly-available link to the entire article, in which case I would have put it here. (As you may have seen in my other quotes, I try linking to the full article if I can find it.)

    So in response to your original comment this morning, I will gladly take your second option to include those additional excerpts.

    By the way, do you know a “Remy” from football? He once sent a comment to me on this article, thinking that you owned the site.

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