Condomania?

This difference between cultivating one’s own character as a saint and merely pursuing good ends is a fundamental, if often forgotten, part of many religious traditions. . . . .The road to hell is not paved with good intentions. They lead to heaven [Read more...]

Why Don’t Muslims . . . . .

100_0492

The thing I hear most often when speaking about Islam and Muslims is that Muslims don’t seem to ever condemn violence and terrorism. I point out that the reason for this perception is that cable news and mainstream media almost never carry such condemnations. Below you will find a statement from ISNA, the Islamic Society [Read More...]

The Infra-Structure of Anti-Muslim Hate?

This is another interesting account of how American attitudes toward Muslims are being shaped. [Read more...]

Crossing Which Line?

In other words expressing one’s feelings in public isn’t just personal self-expression. It is a political act that influences the ways that others act politically. [Read more...]

Muslims in America?

Attached you will find a link to an interesting perspective on Muslims in America. I don’t agree with everything the author says, but it is food for thought. http://www.ethancasey.com/2010/10/muslims-in-america-time-for-a-movement/ [Read more...]

Is Islam a Political Ideology?

Is Islam a Religion, or a Political Ideology? It has become commonplace on anti-Muslim blogs, and on the lips of politicians like Allen West who assert that Islam is not a religion, but a political ideology that controls every facet of the lives of its followers. I want to look at this assertion a little [Read More...]

Are Muslims Encouraged to Lie to Non-Muslims?

Once again the anti-Muslim bloggers have been having a field day, this time with the concept of “taqiyah” or dissimilating (lying). It is said that the Qur’an teaches the Muslims are allowed to lie to non-Muslims, and that Muslims can thus have a secret agenda. Thus when they assert that theirs is a religion of [Read More...]

The Qur’an and Abrogation

The Qur’an and Abrogation: It has recently been asserted in YouTube videos, emails, and on numerous anti-Muslim websites that while Muslims say that theirs is a religion of peace, in fact the verses of the Qur’an that preach peace are no longer part of Muslim teaching. The basis for this assertion is what in English [Read More...]

The Transformation of the World?

United Methodists will be familiar with one of our efforts at corporate branding: “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the World.” I’d like to offer a few comments. They don’t reflect the full complexity of our history, nor are they my definitive view. I do hope they will get us to think [Read More...]

Rethink Church?

“We talk about a decline in church membership over these decades, but the reality is that there was a decline in simply being church. United Methodists and the general public sensed this decline in being church and left, or left us alone.” [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X