It is amazing how many times the story of Abraham and Isaac is offered as THE example of religious commitment. The resonning kind of goes like this:
If Abraham (who was VERY VERY religious) would be willing to sacrifice his one and only son to God, then certainly we can offer some lesser sacrifices… like giving a 10% tithe and committing all of our free time to the church.
People seem, though, to be blind to the fact that the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac is totally absurd. What kind of God would make such a demand on anyone? Certainly no God I would want to have anything to do with.