The two major religions which figure so prominently in the current so-called “clash of civilizations” have many things in common; but most of these, good and bad, are well-known and I shall not recount them here.

They have one thing in common peculiar to me, however: if I am ever to be converted to either of them, it would most likely be through the guidance, words, and wisdom of a person I am unlikely to meet in this lifetime.

In the case of Islam, that person is the Twelfth Imam of the Shi’as; and in the case of Christianity, that person is G. K. Chesterton.