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  • Christianity is a collection of religions in the Judeo-Christian lineage. They vary widely in outline and detail. Membership in any one of them is understood differently by different members. There is some disagreement about which religions deserve the label. Most of them agree on their primary religious text (the Bible). Attitudes towards the Bible vary widely. (Is it literally true, a historical document, to be interpreted by everyone, interpreted by a special priesthood, how are specific items to b
    • Somewhat arbitrarily, Muslims are not considered to be Christians, even though they mostly accept the Bible and believe in Jesus Christ. They claim that Jesus is merely a great prophet, and not the son of God. As for "mostly" accept the Bible, they believe that the Bible describes true events fairly accurately. However they believe that the way that the Bible was written (recollections written down after the fact) introduced distortions.

      Now there is something I'd like to see explained. (Why Muslims are no
      • Now that'uns easy to answer.

        Adherants of Islam aren't considered Christian (by either Muslims or Christians) because Islam does not subscribe to the foundational Christian belief that Jesus of Nazereth is/was the Jewish Messiah. Islamic stature of Mohammed and the Quran are additional points of differentientation, of course. But the over-riding primary commonality amongst all flavors of Christianity is pretty much the recognition of Jesus as Messiah, the Christ.

        Likewise for Judaism, excluding Messianic Jews of course.

        All three (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are monotheistic (one God), are "of the book" (albeit different books), and they share substantial chunks o'(pre)history, but in reality the differences are much greater than the similarities. The distinctions aren't arbitrary at all, they run deep, and result in dramatically different mindsets and worldviews.