A few days ago I wrote a tongue-in-cheek reference to the similarities between Mormonism and Islam.
Turns out I'm not the only one to come up with this. Wikipedia even has a full page entry on the topic, including the following coincidences:
- A founding prophet who received visits from an angel, leading to revelation of a book of scripture;
- An emphasis upon family, and the family unit as the foundation for religious life and the transmission of values;
- Insistence that their religion is a complete way of life, meant to directly influence every facet of existence;
- A belief that theirs constitutes the one and only completely true religion on the earth today;
- Belief that good deeds are required for salvation just as much as faith;
- Assertions that modern Christianity does not conform to the original religion taught by Jesus Christ;
- Belief that the text of the Bible, as presently constituted, has been adulterated from its original form;
- Rejection of the Christian doctrines of Original Sin and the Trinity;
- Strong emphasis upon education, both in the secular and religious arenas;
- Belief in fasting during specified periods of time;
- Incorporation of a sacred ritual of ablution, though each religion's rite differs in form, frequency and purpose;
- Belief that their faith represents the genuine, original religion of Adam, and of all true prophets thereafter;
- Prohibition of alcoholic beverages, gambling, and homosexual and bisexual practices;
- Belief that one's marriage can potentially continue into the next life, if one is faithful to the religion;
- Belief in varying degrees of reward and punishment in the hereafter, depending upon one's performance in this life;
- Special reverence for, though not worship of, their founding prophet;
- Emphasis upon charitable giving, and helping the downtrodden;
- An active interest in proselytizing nonbelievers;
- Strong emphasis upon chastity, including modesty in dress; and
- A clergy drawn from the laity, without necessarily requiring collegiate or seminary training.
- A division of the religion into a minimum of two parties after the death of the founding prophet, with one party claiming that leadership should continue through the prophet's descendents, and the other party rejecting this idea.
Wow, there are some things in this list that even I never thought of. But I also note that they don't include the concept of clannish desert-dwellers in their list.
To be fair, the page also lists a number of signal differences between the two religions, but we are not concerned with them today...