[ by Charles Cameron — a quick, trick question ]
It is still too early to say what specific kind of inspiration, guidance or affiliation (IS? AQ? other?) the Chattanooga shooter may have had, but two tweets yesterday speak volumes about individuals and large bodies of believers. Question:
Is any religion with over a billion members monolithic?
Chattanooga shooting gunman came from middle-class Muslim family http://t.co/XdREveTW6s
— Blogs of War (@BlogsofWar) July 17, 2015
Muslim fundraiser for burned black churches close to $100,000 goal http://t.co/ciwZwIW65i
— Al Jazeera America (@ajam) July 16, 2015
Hey, that was a trick question. The Christian Church can reasonably claim to be monolithic, having been founded, as Matthew 16.18 puts it, on a Rock:
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Nevertheless, even Christians come in many shapes and sizes, isn’t it?