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belethlich asked: Do you think that the % of Muslims who haven't read the Qur'an is similar to the % of Christians who haven't read the bible? I'm reading the Qur'an now and I feel like I'm reading about a religion that I've never heard of. Similarly, I can imagine that if I hadn't had a Christian upbringing I would get the same feeling reading the bible. I find it impossible to actually read religious "holy books" without completely hating religion.
I actually think that the majority of Muslims take their religion a bit more seriously than Christians do. In most respects I consider that to be more of a negative than a positive. I am sure things are different in different parts of the world but there seem to be far less people that simply consider themselves culturally Muslims. There is no doubt there are many Muslims that are lazy about their faith and don’t fully follow it but it seems like the vast majority of Christians take that stance. I am honestly a little surprised when I talk to a Christian who really does know the details of the bible and the differences among denominations because it is fairly rare.
People that become deeply familiar with a religion will either end up completely embracing it and letting it override their rational though or they will end up completely rejecting it with good reason and seeing it as an odd curiosity. It seems like there is a great deal more retention in Islam than there is in many other religions. The biggest reason would be that the penalty for leaving Islam is much harsher and disproportionately evil when compared to any other religion. If you’re going to be forced to conform to a religion you may as well at least read the book.