Why I speak of Radical Islam and not Islam

One of my readers writes: “Moslems are devils and they can be all lumped.”

Um, no they aren’t and no they can’t. To say otherwise is to directly reject the clear teaching of Scripture, Tradition and Magisterium. It is, in short, to be a very bad Christian indeed. No human being is a devil. Our Lord could get away with calling Judas a “devil” because he had the little advantage of being God and knowing human hearts. We lack this handy gift of insight. For us, the basic playbook is “We wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with powers and principalities, with spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places.” (Eph 6:12). Yes, there is real evil and even real demonic evil at work in the world. But no, we are not thereby anointed with the right to reduce every single adherent of Islam to a “devil”. The war against Radical Islam is necessary because Radical Islam wants to kill you. There are other expressions of Islam that don’t. These are to be encouraged in the hope that focus on Islam at its healthiest will lead the adherent to Christ. Calling them all “devils” is a quick way to make more radicals.


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