Love of God Podcast Personalities

All Religions

G. K. Chesterton says that according to many so-called religion scholars, "Christianity and Buddhism are very much alike, especially Buddhism." In other words, what they really mean is that all religions are essentially Buddhism!

Aren't all religions essentially the same?

Kreeft: It is simply factually untrue to say that all religions are the same. No one ever makes this claim unless he is abysmally ignorant of what the different religions of the world actually teach... The implicit assumption is that the distinctive teachings of the world's religions are unimportant.

Everyone has amazing agreement regarding ethics (have you ever met someone who thought cowardice is a virtue?), but regarding the Who behind the the ethical What, there are significant differences.

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.   G.K. Chesteron

It' s like people who meet you:   some know you well, others don't.  (The ones that don't may not have been explosed to you.)

To avoid confrontation we easily confuse :
a.) the subjective value of a right to an opinion with
b.) the objective value of the opinion's truth.

It may seem convenient and less controversial to believe all religions are the same, but it is logically impossible for each to have the same amount of truth, any more than all opionoins of math quiz answers aare all the same.

In no other field of study do we hold that all opinions are equally correct.  In physics there is one physical reality, in history there is one past, in civil law there is one highest judgment, in mathematics there is one set of numbers, etc.   The same holds for theology.   Some ideas are closer to the truth than others; and therefore some religions are closer.

If Christ is who he claimed, then there are things we can learn from non-Christian religions—but always as a reflection or derivation of the God who wrote himself into "His-story".

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen,
being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead;
so all are without excuse.
Rom 1:20