The Christian Ramadan, Koran, & mosque

James Kushiner, of the indispensable  Touchstone Magazine,in that publication’s blog, points out something I was going to comment upon, but he takes it even further: 

In Holland, some have rebranded Lent as a “Christian Ramadan.” Because Ramadan is more familiar to the youth, you see. And who’s fault is that? While we’re it, isn’t canon law simply “Christian sharia”? And a church building a “Christian mosque”? The Bible a “Christian Koran”?

 

The Crusades were the Christian jihad, which is why Luther so vehemently opposed them.  Is the pantsuit the Christian burqa?  The point, though, is to notice how the paradigm, at least in Holland, is shifting, so that Islam, rather than Christianity has become the religious frame of reference.

 

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • kerner

    Maybe this is just restating the obvious, but clearly Muslims are the only religious people with which the Dutch have any experience. They themselves abandonned Christianity so long ago, it should come as no surprise that they know more about Ramadan than Lent.

    So, um, is the Papacy the “Christian Caliphate”?

  • kerner

    Maybe this is just restating the obvious, but clearly Muslims are the only religious people with which the Dutch have any experience. They themselves abandonned Christianity so long ago, it should come as no surprise that they know more about Ramadan than Lent.

    So, um, is the Papacy the “Christian Caliphate”?

  • Bror Erickson

    My great mentor Dr. Rod Rosenbladt always said that if he wasn’t a Lutheran he would be a Calvinist on his way to atheism. I think the Dutch have proved his point. In anycase when Calvinists start talking of the sovereignty of God and interpreting the Bible through that lens They sound an awful lot like Muslims anyway. So it isn’t that much of a stretch for that once reformed country.

  • Bror Erickson

    My great mentor Dr. Rod Rosenbladt always said that if he wasn’t a Lutheran he would be a Calvinist on his way to atheism. I think the Dutch have proved his point. In anycase when Calvinists start talking of the sovereignty of God and interpreting the Bible through that lens They sound an awful lot like Muslims anyway. So it isn’t that much of a stretch for that once reformed country.

  • fw

    We are certainly in the post christian era.

    This is exactly why I am not sure it is wise for christians to flex their political muscle here, even over causes as worthy and urgent as antiabortion legislation or the anti-gay defense of marriage act.

    Our standard should be this:

    What kind of precidents would we want where christians and those influenced by us are in the unpowerful 10% …or less….. how would be we trying to influence society then?

    Just because we have power in no way implies that we are then morally obligated to always use it, and consideration should be given as to means and not desired ends only.

  • fw

    We are certainly in the post christian era.

    This is exactly why I am not sure it is wise for christians to flex their political muscle here, even over causes as worthy and urgent as antiabortion legislation or the anti-gay defense of marriage act.

    Our standard should be this:

    What kind of precidents would we want where christians and those influenced by us are in the unpowerful 10% …or less….. how would be we trying to influence society then?

    Just because we have power in no way implies that we are then morally obligated to always use it, and consideration should be given as to means and not desired ends only.


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