Yes, American foreign policy is a laughing-stock abroad, but that means at least some of the reaction is funny. British commentator Douglas Murray discusses the new American counter-terrorism strategy, which, in its written form, never mentions “Islam.” Terrorist-inspiring religious extremism is a problem, says Secretary of State John Kerry, for all religions. Which has Mr. Murray worried about what’s going on with those Anglicans. [Read more…]
One young Iranian woman convert told the German news magazine Stern, “I’ve been looking all my life for peace and happiness, but in Islam, I have not found them,” Another convert told Stern he had found in Christianity an element—love—that was missing from the faith he was brought up in. “In Islam, we always lived in fear,” he said. “Fear God, fear of sin, fear of punishment. But Christ is a God of love.”
We have been blogging about Muslims converting to Christianity, often because they have had a vision of Jesus. After the jump is an account of a specific Islamist, who had been plotting against a former Muslim who had become a Christian pastor. The story lacks specifics–the full names, the place–so it might be questioned (though perhaps such vagueness is necessary to protect those mentioned). It is clearly from a charismatic perspective. I’m most interested in the details of the vision and of how, again, like the visions in Acts, it leads him to the Bible, so that his conversion is by the Word, rather than by the vision. [Read more…]
In September 2006, Pope Benedict XVI gave a speech at the University of Regensburg, which earned him much criticism for dissing Islam. But what the speech was about was the importance of a proper use of reason to Christianity and the West, something missing in Islam.
Samuel Gregg writes about the address and the issue in a provocative post for the Catholic World Report. He and the former pope observe that the Logos, from which the word “logic” comes, is essential to Christianity as the ordering principle of the universe, as well as the Son of God (John 1). Without this order principle, we get irrational violence AND the irrationalities of the postmodern universities, with their “safe spaces,” political correctness, and rejection of truth. We are also getting the kind of irrationalism that reduces reason to empiricism alone, without considering larger truths, meaning that reason is no longer of much help in addressing moral issues.
Benedict recognizes the problems of scholasticism that subjected Scriptural revelation to Aristotelian philosophy, an imbalance that Luther and the other Reformers castigated in their critiques of reason alone. What is needed is a proper use of reason. The address also gives ammunition for classical education, as Benedict argues for the necessity of preserving the “hellenic” heritage of the West. [Read more…]
Terrorists in Pakistan attacked a park where Christians were celebrating Easter, killing 70 and wounding 300. Though most of the victims of the suicide bombers were Muslims, Islamic radicals said they were specifically targeting Christians on their holiest day. Details about Pakistani Christians and what they have been going through after the jump. [Read more…]
ISIS observed Good Friday by crucifying a priest. After attacking a nursing home in Yemen, shooting four nuns and killing seven others, ISIS kidnapped an Indian Catholic priest, Father Tom Uzhunnalil. ISIS promised to crucify him on the day that his Savior was crucified. After torturing him for several weeks, ISIS reportedly carried out their promise.
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slainfor the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. (Revelation 6:9-11)