So, my kid has been assigned an essay for her AP World History class: briefly compare and contrast the tenets of Islam and Christianity from their beginnings through 1650 (because this is the first half of AP World History -- it only goes through 1650).
She comes to me with her fists clenching her hair. "So...Islam has the Shahada, right?"
"Right," I agree.
"And Christians have what, exactly? Is that the Jesus prayer? The bit where they say I accept Jesus as my Savior, or what?"
"No. Please. Just..."
"Sorry," I said, because she hates it when it's complicated. "It is. See, if you're Catholic, you gotta get Confirmed. And if you're Mormon, there's a whole process, you can't just be baptized, you gotta pass an interview, and I think there are classes, and --"
"NO. JUST STOP."
"And for Baptists and Pentecostals, there are altar calls, you gotta get the Holy Ghost, you can't just want Jesus, you have to be called to Jesus. And --"
She began wailing.
"I'm sorry, babycakes," I said. "It really is complicated. But you don't have to put all that in your paper. Just give one or two examples, and say that there are many other Christian sects. It will be fine."
"I hate writing papers! I hate this!"
"Oh, come on. Writing papers is easy. Now, math is hard."
She flung me a murderous glare and stomped away.
3 hours ago