Accordingto the Huston Smith’s perspective, all the major religions can becompared to a group of hikers that are climbing up various sides of ahigh mountain. This implies that different individuals tend to havevarying faiths, or beliefs that distinguish the religion that theyidentify with although different religions have varying faiths, theytend to have a common goal that they seek. This is likened to gettingto the mountain top by Smith. Although the religions may bedifferent, there are some believes that may be shared amid thereligions. For example, Christianity and Islam are differentreligions that have varying faiths, but some believes are commonbetween the two religions for example, Christianity and Islam sharethe common believe of loving God and neighbor however, theinterpretation of this belief is different within the two religions(Hopfeand Mark 16). This implies that, although the two religions usedifferent interpretation for loving God and neighbor, they have acommon goal of loving one’s neighbor and God. On the other hand,Buddhism and Hinduism are different religions, but have a commonbelief in that they believe in the role of karma in maintaining menbound to this world and the cycle of deaths and births. Therefore,although religions are different, they usually converge in somethings by approaching different ways.
However,although different religions have some goals that are common, it doesnot imply that they seek to have a common ending at the end. Thisimplies that it is difficult for all religions to reach at a commongoal at the end. For example, although Christianity believes in theTrinity, Islam tends to disagree on this issue. Besides, Christianitysees Jesus as a son of God, while Islam criticizes this view sincethey see Jesus as a human (Hopfeand Mark 28). Therefore, it is exceedingly difficult for allreligions to converge since they have differing perspectives on theway they believe. This makes it difficult to agree to the perspectiveof Huston Smith that religions will converge at the same mountaintop.
Accordingto Stephen Prothero, the religions of the world are different fromone another. Although individuals tend to pretend that the religionsare the same, they are different. Different religions have varyingperspectives on different issues. Therefore, instead of pretendingthat all religions are the same, people need to focus on wheredifferent religions can cooperate and where they clash. This willhelp in making the world safer since different religions will have acommon understanding of where they can cooperate. Therefore, I agreewith the idea of Stephen, which indicates that religions aredifferent.
Therefore,I do not believe that the various world religions are each hoping toget to the same mountain top. This is because they all have differentviews, some believe in everlasting life, while it is not the same inothers. For instance, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism believe thatthere is life after death however, religions such as Shinto do nothave this focus since it focuses on life on the earth (Brodd andGregory64). On the other hand, some religions have a belief in one god,while others believe in the existence of many gods. This makes itdifficult to believe that the different world religions can convergeat the same mountain top.
Brodd,Jeffrey and Gregory,Sobolewski. WorldReligions: A Voyage of Discovery.Winona, MN: Saint Mary`s Press, 2009. Print.
Hopfe,Lewis M and Mark,R. Woodward. Religionsof the World.New York: Vango Books, 2009. Print.