Thursday, November 18, 2004

Islam & Europe

Does the reality depicted in these posts represent at least a small opening for some Christian mission work?
From Theodore Dalrymple., Why Theo Van Gogh Was Murdered, in The City Journal.

In fact, Islam is as vulnerable in Europe to the forces of secularization as Christianity has proved to be. The majority of Muslims in Europe, particularly the young, have a weak and tenuous connection to their ancestral religion. Their level and intensity of belief is low; pop music interests them more. Far from being fanatics, they are lukewarm believers at best. Were it not for the abuse of women, Islam would go the way of the Church of England.
If something as bad as abuse of women is required to energize this variety of Islam, surely we can find ways to offer a productive and healthy replacement.


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