Do you know the five pillars of Islam?
JOE FRIESEN, Globe and Mail Update
One development related to the Bible’s diminishing influence has been the expansion of a certain kind of knowledge of non-Christian religious groups.
The era of multiculturalism in Canada has made many people more familiar with the festive traditions of other groups, and given common currency to new words such as Ramadan, Kwanza and Diwali.
But our knowledge of those religions rarely goes much beyond the surface, according to John Stackhouse, professor of theology at Vancouver’s Regent College.
“If you were to ask the average Canadian the five pillars of Islam, you wouldn’t get a very impressive answer. If you were to ask the two main divisions within Islam, you’d be lucky to get Sunni and Shia,” Prof. Stackhouse said.
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