Comparison of Catholicism and Islam

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There are many different belief systems, some are religions and some not. All cultures develop a collection of beliefs and values that are used to meet its society's needs. A belief system is a way of perceiving and interacting in a society guided by a set of established moral rules. Our beliefs are an essential part of who we are and how we behave. A culture with a strong belief system is shaped by it. This report will contain information about the Catholic religion. The report will compare the Catholic religion with Islamic religion.

I chose to interview Stevie Mathis. She is a 39-year-old catholic and attends St. Philip the Apostle Roman Catholic Church located at 1897 W. Main Street, Lewisville, Texas 75067. She has been attending this church since 1988. I attended Mass with her on September 16, 2007. It was a very different service than what I experience in my church being a Baptist.

The church has a very quiet presence. Even though there were many people present during the mass, all was silent. It almost seemed as if people were afraid to breathe because it may be too loud. There were many responsive readings through the entire service. The Priest would lead the readings and the entire congregation responded. When it was time for communion, I noticed that some people declined to take a drink of the wine from the cup that was held by the priest even though the priest would wipe the rim of the glass after each person drank from it. You cannot wipe off just some germs. My first question was if she had any friends or family members that have left the Catholic Church. She stated that several friends and family members including her husband and daughter have left for different reasons.