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Tuesday, June 21, 2005 Islam can't survive on its own power
In THE GREAT HERESIES by Hilaire Belloc (Chapter Four) on The Great and Enduring Heresy of Mohammed, the author makes a brilliant analysis about Islam and attempts to explain its enduring strength and energy.
He describes it as a simplified Catholicism:
But Belloc fails to notice Islam's hostility to creativity, innovation, individual genius and initiative. He notices instead:
He considers the superiority of the Muslims at one time:
But this is misleading as Hanson has shown in his book, Culture and Carnage. Islam bought its improvements in armor from the West. They never were able to match what the Arsenal at Venice could do although they tried to copy it.
Islam built its magnificence on the foundation of the Greco-Roman world and the energies it unleashed from peoples freed of onerous taxation and crippling debts. But once that storehouse was empty, it had nothing to build or create with.
Islam only succeeds with immense coercion, and contains the seeds of its destruction as a viable community. Its social structures are unbearably negative. Its sexual psychology is exceptionally perverse, and its customs debilitating. They severely depress the spirit.
Belloc is somewhat amazed at Islam's resistance to conversion by Christianity or other religions, but the religion he sees rejected is Catholicism:
I believe that Muslims would be much more likely to respond to Evangelical Christianity with its simpler focus on the Atonement and Resurrection. American Evangelism is a highly charged and energetic call to the lost. It is an incredibly exciting, dynamic, joyfull, and infectious form of worship and faith.
It is an even greater simplification of Faith than Islam was of Christianity as Belloc describes it which makes it possible to have greater appeal to the lonely, depressed, isolated Muslim soul. It offers a hope that Islam can't begin to provide.
In a sense, the only thing that can save Muslims from evil, despair, and corruption is a dynamic and simple Christianity, for it is a war of religions as Belloc knew. posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:19 AM |