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Posted By: GUEST,Eliza
17-Feb-11 - 03:44 PM
Thread Name: The Black Cloud of Islam by Roy Harper
Subject: RE: The Black Cloud of Islam by Roy Harper
Olddude, that's a very interesting viewpoint, that a religion is better followed personally rather than in a group directed by a leader. You've made me think. The Christian Church seems to be group-based, and 'led'. Islam has the Imams and prayers in community. What then is the role of the leader? Perhaps to exhort, encourage, teach, admonish, make decisions? And can these things be done on an individual basis? I do see that extremism and terrorism can only exist if fed and motivated by the group and the militant leaders. And many a holy person (of whatever persuasion) has lived quietly in solitude and become close to their God. As you say, 'a beautiful thing'. I shall have to think some more about your viewpoint, thank you for posting it!