Category Archives: Islam

What about the Muslims?

A friend sent me this link today and asked what I thought of it. Here is my response. Nothing surprising here. I’ve read enough literature on Islam – from Muslims and others – to have seen it before. One thing … Continue reading

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I’m Not Drawing Today

Today is “Draw Muhammad Day.” I won’t be taking part. One response will be, “Of course you won’t. You can’t even draw a straight line with a ruler!” Well, yes, that is true. But even if I could, I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Figuring out Islam

One way to understand the nature of a thing is to consult an encyclopedia, dictionary or textbook. Another way is to investigate it in the wild. Usually the latter shows the former to tend toward the simplistic. Since parameters are … Continue reading

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A Difference

One of the books I’m reading now is John Stackhouse’s Making the Best of It: Following Christ in the Real World. He quotes David Martin as saying, “If I wanted to dramatize it I would point out that Mohammed was … Continue reading

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Atheism & Neo-Liberalism

In a recent interview on the rise of a “new” atheism, John Milbank observes: Post 9/11 has allowed the media to present the religion versus science story in ever cruder terms. Of course it’s highly significant that Christopher Hitchens also … Continue reading

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Sharing Jesus

Spengler writes in his column in the Asia Times, in response to the conversion of journalist Magdi Allam from Islam to Catholic Christianity: Muslim traditional society cannot withstand the depredations of globalized culture, and radical Islam arises from a despairing … Continue reading

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Moderating Islam

Ever since 11 September 2001 people in the West have been searching for “moderate Islam.” A couple of days ago I briefly mentioned Akbar S. Ahmed’s book, Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World, with particular reference to … Continue reading

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A Jealous God

I just finished reading Akbar S. Ahmed’s Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World, a book well worth reading. Ahmed attributes much of what we in the West see as extremism in the Muslim world as originating in … Continue reading

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Church in Saudi Arabia?

Now that a Christian church has opened in Qatar, is it only a matter of time until a church is opened in Saudi Arabia? There are only a few million Christians there (officially, only the expatriates working there), so having … Continue reading

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Rowan Williams and Sharia?

The blogosphere has exploded with vituperation over a recent lecture by the Archbishop of Canterbury on legal theory. You’d think the same kind of crowd was responding to him as responded to Pope Benedict in Regensburg. You know, “Let’s read … Continue reading

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