I must say though that I'm puzzled by his treatise on Islam.
With my head so deeply immersed in what's going on in Boston, I first caught wind of it at Terry Nelson's blog Abby Road. (BTW - I hope you are visiting the fabulous bloggers linked in my blogroll).
Another one of my Catholic heroes, John Zmirak (who moderated the debate) weighed in yesterday.
I really look forward to John's pieces. He has a unique way of building momentum and then taking our foolishness and laying it to waste with acerbic wit. As I read his piece..building my own excitement...waiting for the punch line...
It is this primal vigor that Kreeft finds admirable in Islam, and throughout the book he skillfully shows how it contrasts with the haughty, narcissicistic skepticism that prevails throughout the post-Christian West, even among many who claim to be somehow Catholic. (This problem is surely worse in
Bostonthan almost anywhere else on earth, except perhaps .) And that is the message Kreeft repeated at Thomas More College -- reiterating what he suggested in : that terrorism, military jihad, and the use of violence to subjugate "unbelievers" are perversions of Islam, as witch-burnings, inquisitions, and religious wars were distortions of Christianity. Louvain
...Yes, yes, yes. I couldn't wait for the delicious punchline!
codified in the Koran and propounded by every authoritative school of interpretation, demands that Muslims seek to dominate the world, imposing on polytheists (such as Hindus) the simple choice of conversion or death. Christians and Jews face a third option: accepting with "willing submission" a second-class, servile status called "dhimmitude," which is comparable to the status African-Americans had under Jim Crow laws.on political Islam (such as ), replied that Kreeft was playing a dangerous game, scoring points against liberal Catholics -- who surely deserve it -- at the price of soft-pedaling the truth about Islam: that it is every bit as much an ideology as a religion. Orthodox Islam, as
Earlier this week, I interjected into a conversation on Facebook with some Obama and Muslim rock redneck a who was warning Christians and Catholics in comment boxes that the post-Obama era would see the eradication of Christians and Catholics evangelizing in the public square. He said he would fight it to his death. After some back and forth [with the anti-Christian bigot] where several of us gave him the heads up on our Constitutional and civil rights and moreover our 2000 year history of martyrdom, we wished him lots of luck. At one point, when pointing out the history of the codified violence in the Koran and its mission to wipe out the rest of us out with death, he "ROFLMAO". "You mean to say you think Muslims are violent?"
I think there are many Muslims who have escaped the violent thugs but the victims of this 'religion' cry out to the heaven for justice and I told him he better be doing some research on what's going on in Muslim countries or better yet, go there himself. I'm not going to make a mockery out of their deaths by pleading ignorance.
Anyway..back to John:
Kreeft deferred to Spencer's account of Islam in practice, but insisted on his main point: that the heritage of the Western Enlightenment is far more dangerous to the Church than the faith of Muslim immigrants. While orthodox Muslims threaten our bodies and our freedoms, the Enlightenment threatens our souls. "Our real enemies, as Christians, are demons....It's a fascinating exchange between two men with first-rate minds who love the Church.
I can't say I disagree with this conclusion but in a period where our White House is occupied by an anti-American muslim terrorist sympathizer who treats our own military and police as the boogeymen, I think we ought to be a little less fatuous and a
That is all.