File spoon-archives/nietzsche.archive/nietzsche_1995/nietzsche_Dec17.95, message 50

Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 14:31:33 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re: Opinions needed & sport

> IMO Islam forms part of the monotheist trinity (Judaism / Christianity
> / Islam) and they're all pretty much alike - what applies to one of them 
> applies to all. If you were to comment on specicific issues re. N's 
> ideas, I'm sure many here would be happy to talk.

Despite the apparent similarities between the three dominant monotheistic 
religions, I would have to argue not only differences between them 
(think of the differences between the Hebrew Bible and the Christian 
Bible, a difference that N. makes much of in his criticisms of 
Christianity), but also differences WITHIN each specific religion.  
Islam in Afghanistan, Egypt, and Bosnia, for example, are quite 
distinct systems.  The religions in each of these countries cannot be 
separated from their cultural and historical context any more than 
the Christianity of 12th Century Spain can be equated with 
the Christianity of the backwoods of Tennessee.

About sport, what do you think that N. would say about tens of thousands of 
rabid fans cheering "Go Team" at a football game, or at home in front 
of their televisions?

Christopher Coleman
Vanderbilt University

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