RAPID RESPONSE REPORT
DEFENDING HISTORIC CHRISTIANITY IN A POSTMODERN WORLD
SPECIAL ISSUE: Western Civilization Under Attack
“What is at stake today is nothing less than the survival of our civilization.” B. Netanuahu
IT’S A POSTMODERN WORLD AFTER ALL, ISN’T IT?
The sinking of the Titanic
became a metaphor for the 20th Century. Its very name was significant. The Titanic,
the unsinkable, sank! The 19th Century ended with
incredible optimism about the growing industrial might of the West and the
subsequent trust in science and technology to solve all man’s problems. Now we know that trust was ill-founded as the
20th was one of the bloodiest in history as Nietzsche predicted it
would be. The 21st also began
with PM hope that somehow out of the diversity of peoples on this planet we
would become one people (”One People, One Planet, Please!”) In this first year of the new century the
question now arises: Will the
destruction of the
Like most of you I have been
glued to the TV, radio and computer since 9-11, and like you, I was asking a
lot of “Who?” “What?” “Where?” “Why?”
“Now what?” kind of questions. One of my first questions had to do with
motive. Most of the media seemed
reluctant at first to deal with it, but by the end of the week some were
timidly seeking the answer. As one who
thinks and writes about PM I felt it my duty to listen acutely to what was
being said. For instance, in this world
of relativism and multiculturalism would anyone make a moral judgment about
these acts of terrorism? Prior to this,
the only thing relativists would admit was an outright evil was the
holocaust. President Bush (no surprise
there) took the lead and called it “evil.”
However, all over the
By the second week, as the workers searched the wreckage for human remains, reporters, professors, and pundits searched libraries and the web for information about the religion of Islam. Who are these people, and what do they want? Our own website was inundated (still is) by the downloading of our briefing on the religion of Islam We still recommend it as a first read since it is brief and summarizes the beliefs of a religion (read worldview) that we predicted at the time would become one of the West’s biggest security problems in the next decade or two. In the last several days we have found some articles that are absolutely must reading. If you decide to only download one article, I’m recommending this article by Paul Johnson, one of the greatest living historians (Modern Times, et. al). The article is entitled “Relentlessly and Thoroughly.” Found in National Review. I can’t overestimate how provocative this article is! The position he takes on the Crusades is not going to be the standard view we’ve heard all these years in our schools and colleges! He points out that the word “Islam” does not mean “peace” but “submission.” Johnson declares that it is for this reason that Islam is an imperialist religion. He finds his support in the Koran: “Strongest among men in enmity to Believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans.” (Sura 9, Vs. 5) “Then fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them. And seize them, beleaguer them and lie in wait for them, in every stratagem [of war].” Then nations, however mighty, the Koran insists, must be fought “until they embrace Islam.” For another fine article delving into the early history of Islam, see Political USA The Myth of Mecca, by Jack Wheeler. At this particular time it took nerve to publish this! Wheeler boldly says the facts about the early history of Islam are simply not true. For example, he notes that the earliest history of Mohammed was written well over a 100 years after his death, and the earliest copies of this manuscript date to 350 years afterward.
There are many good websites about Islam. Perhaps the best Christian site is Answering Islam. This is one of those sites that includes all the links and sources you’ll ever need. There are two Christian books also highly recommended: The Islamic Invasion: Confronting the World’s Fastest Growing Religion, by Robert Morey. Morey is almost without peer in the field of cults and religions. The other is by Norman Geisler and Abdul Saleeb. The book’s title is: Answering Islam: The Crescent in the Light of the Cross.
Muslims also are very
computer savvy and you will find many sites defending Islam. To find them, just use a good search
engine. They are very adept at doing
their own apologetics, as well they should be.
Muslims are not PM! Not unlike
Christians, they believe Islam is a metanarrative, that is, it’s worldview is the true
explanation for all that is, and that it’s teachings should be applied by all
adherents in every sphere of life. They
also have books which attempt to show the falsity of Christianity and the truth
of Islam. The most notorious of these is
Myth of the Cross. This book is
not a calm reasoned defense of Islam! It
is more on the order of the infamous Protocols of the Elders of
HOW IN A MULTICULTURAL WORLD SHOULD A CHRISTIAN ACT?
The events of our country’s new day of infamy have sparked many a discussion in churches and Christian homes all around the country. Questions like:
(1)If we are in a war (and we
are; we’ve been attacked) who is the enemy?
Among the answers I have heard are: the crazed terrorists, medieval, or
fundamentalist Islam, third world poverty, the United States (Noam Chomsky), and various conspiracy theories. The consensus is that one man, Osama bin Laden was the mastermind and there is a steady
chorus of others who believe he had state sponsorship. Netanuahu says,
“There is no international terrorism without the support of sovereign
states.” He’s the expert on terrorism
and his article in the Chicago
Sun-Times is worth your time.
Biographers and those who have studied bin Laden believe he wants to
overthrow the House of Saud because they have
(2)What does the enemy want, or what is the motive for the attack? Why do they hate us? The purpose of terrorism is to inflict fear, mainly fear that the government can no longer provide security for its people and thus ultimately undermine that government body. The Islamists, as the fundamentalists are now being called, believe that our freedom is the cause of decadence. They believe a society should be rigidly controlled as in the Taliban.
(3)What is the Biblical response of the Church? The church has the responsibility of sending missionaries and incorporating all peoples into the Body of Christ. But at the same time we can legitimately back our government in a war against another culture when that culture threatens the security of our own.
(4)What is the Biblical response of the believer? Really this is a no-brainer; we are to be neighbors to all peoples. We are to love and show compassion regardless of their culture or worldview. We are to create thirst and share the Water of Life. Some of the sources and books mentioned above give excellent advice for sharing the Gospel with Muslims.
(6)I suppose one of the
biggest questions is: Can PM America win
this war? There have been several good
articles debating this issue. It boils
down to: can we attack another culture without being ethnocentric? George Will, always very insightful, picked
up on this in a recent column. He
admitted that perhaps we can win but we would have to be culturally ruthless! Harvard
professor, Samuel Huntingdon may be
exactly right when he said that the clash of civilizations that dominated the 20th
Century were essentially “Western civil wars, while this century will be
dominated by conflicts between the West and other civilizations, primarily the
Islamic World. U.S. News and
World Report asks the same question: “Has a
‘clash of civilizations’ threatened ‘the end of history?’” Quoting from Huntingdon’s book they
opine: Where once ideologies had been the
points of conflict, now religion, ethnicity, and culture values were most
important. …And none loomed more
menacingly than the one between the West and the Islamic world.” This
article is definitely worth your time.
We’ve been telling you it’s a PM world!
One final sentence from this article:
OTHER ARTICLES OF NOTE RELATED TO 9-11
The New York Times Magazine The Education of a Holy Warrior, by Jeffery Goldberg.
This article is long, but if
you want to get a feel for how fanaticism is born, take the time to read
this. It was written by a Jew who
enrolled in a fundamentalist seminary (a madrasa) in
Washington Post Ethnicity Now, by Patrick Moynihan. Moynihan is always interesting.
PBS Many World Orders. This
is a transcript of an interview of Prof. Samuel Huntington by David Gergen. The
interview centers around
Imprimis Multiculturalism: Fact or Threat? By Dinesh D’Souza. He has also written a good book on the subject.
National Review What If? By
Victor Davis Hanson. This article
speculates what would have happen if Edward R. Murrow’s
column the day after
World Net Daily Deception for Dollars, James Sanders & Jack Cashill. I hesitated to include this because it tends to be a little conspiratorial, but in the light of what just happened, maybe we’d better take another look. I am referring to the TWA #800 that exploded in mid-air in 1996. Ninety-six eyewitnesses testified that they saw a missile hit the plane! What if you were the president and you knew the truth. Would it not be prudent to keep this quiet so as not to panic the public about public air transportation?
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