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The title is a trope that we often hear from liberal religionists, especially Sophisticated Theologians™ who are bothered by criticisms that if religion does find truth, why are there so many religions with different “truths”?
To compare the notions that all religions are the same, reader Shuggy has created this handy graphic; as he says, “it illustrates how monotheists all worship the One True God, just with different names”.
Click to enlarge (resolution is better in the enlarged version). You’ll want to save this as a handy reference, for though it’s hilarious, it’s also true:
Apropos, here’s a quote from Bertrand Russell:
For four and a half months in 1918 I was in prison for pacifist propaganda; but, by the intervention of Arthur Balfour, I was placed in the first division, so that while in prison I was able to read and write as much as I liked, provided I did no pacifist propaganda. I found prison in many ways quite agreeable. I had no engagements, no difficult decisions to make, no fear of callers, no interruptions to my work. I read enormously; I wrote a book, “Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy”, and began the work for “Analysis of Mind”. I was rather interested in my fellow prisoners, who seemed to me in no way morally inferior to the rest of the population, though they were on the whole slightly below the usual level of intelligence, as was shown by their having been caught. For anybody not in the first division, especially for a person accustomed to reading and writing, prison is a severe and terrible punishment; but for me, thanks to Arthur Balfour, this was not so. I was much cheered on my arrival by the warder at the gate, who had to take particulars about me. He asked my religion, and I replied ‘agnostic.’ He asked how to spell it, and remarked with a sigh: ‘Well, there are many religions, but I suppose they all worship the same God.’ This remark kept me cheerful for about a week. (Portraits from Memory, 1956, p. 30)