There's a company that lets you spend a week or three in other countries living immersed in another religion so you can better understand it. The author of that particular article thinks it's a horrible idea:
But there is still something disturbing about the very idea of religious tourism. Immersing yourself in the prayers and rituals of a religion even though you think its god is false smacks of condescension at best, blasphemy at worst. And although a sense of politeness prevents most people from saying it loudly in public, religious people generally believe that the gods of all religions but their own are indeed false.
On the other hand, the guy who runs the service says:
“We like to think that Muslim for a Month facilitates more understanding of a religion which gets a lot of bad press,” explained Ben Bowler, who lives in Thailand and runs similar “religious immersion tours” in Buddhism for the same organization. “There’s a huge difference in the public perception of Buddhism, for example, and Islam — Islam is thorny, while Buddhism is warm and fuzzy.”
Which do you side with?Answer Question
Answer by Kathy675 at 11:33 PM on Jul. 8, 2011
Answer by okmanders at 11:51 PM on Jul. 8, 2011
Answer by maggiebgood at 11:52 PM on Jul. 8, 2011
Perhaps understanding creates compassion, and in order to understand another religion better, one should experience it. When we focus on our similarities instead of the differences, the divisive lines fade out. If I were a believer, I'd be down to do this. As someone who lacks a belief in a deity, who sees the lines of division amongst religions as problematic, I think that this type of thing could be beneficial to soften those lines, even though it continues to perpetuate something I do not think exists. Anything to quell the ego is good.
Answer by clarity333 at 1:23 AM on Jul. 9, 2011
Answer by Shaneagle777 at 2:39 AM on Jul. 9, 2011
Answer by judimary at 3:14 AM on Jul. 9, 2011
Answer by Kaelansmom at 3:20 AM on Jul. 9, 2011
I'd find it very interesting and educational, so I don't see anything wrong with it.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 6:51 AM on Jul. 9, 2011
Answer by popzaroo at 9:30 AM on Jul. 9, 2011
Answer by sahmamax2 at 10:25 AM on Jul. 9, 2011
Next question overall
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