Category Archives: Religion

Understanding Islam IX – Can the West rediscover its core?

UNDERSTANDING ISLAM IX Grasping the Nettle Part 1 THE WEST CAN IT REDISCOVER ITS CORE? By Paul Stenhouse MSC MUCH IS made of the potential for global economic and social unrest from the millions of desperate refugees flowing into Europe … Continue reading

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Understanding Islam VIII: Islam and the West

UNDERSTANDING ISLAM VIII At the beginning of the fifth century, two hundred years before Muhammad appeared, there were seven-hundred Catholic bishops in North Africa. Two-hundred of them attended the Council of Carthage in 535 AD. By the middle of900 AD … Continue reading

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Understanding Islam VII – Filling in the background

UNDERSTANDING ISLAM VII When Damascus opened its gates to the Muslim army of Abu ‘Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrdh in 635 AD, three years after the death of Muhammad, its citizens little dreamt what a force they would eventually unleash upon themselves … Continue reading

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Islam Conquest and Expansion

Understanding Islam VI Coercion and armed conflict or the threat of it, played a pivotal role in the rapid rise and expansion of Islam in Arabia, Syria, North Africa, Persia and Central Asia after the death of Muhammad Islam, This … Continue reading

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President Donald Trump’s Christmas speech

President Trump has consistently defended Western Society and its Christian foundations. His Christmas speech is one more welcome incident. Today’s the day that I’ve been looking very much forward to all year long. It’s one that we have heard and … Continue reading

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Eastern European resistance to Islamization

‘Europe has Christian roots, and if it cuts itself off from those roots, it will lose not only its identity, but also its greatness and goodness…’ ‘Something is stirring in Eastern Europe. There are numerous signs that a resistance is … Continue reading

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Getting the history right about political Islam

It is almost a dogma, even among some conservative commentators, that there is a radical disconnect between moderate Muslims and radical Muslims. A charming young Muslim with an Australian accent and dressed modestly in a nijab appears on television to tell us … Continue reading

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A moral panic in the 1980s

This is the first of two outstanding articles by Julia Yost in First Things. She reviews We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s by Richard Beck public affairs, 352 pages, $26.99. The article has direct relevance to the ‘Pell … Continue reading

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Understanding Islam V – The Apostasy Wars

Understanding Islam V THE APOSTASY WARS Bloodbaths over ‘a camel’s hobble’ Paul Stenhouse This is the fifth in a series of seven articles THE ‘APOSTASY wars,’ or the ‘Ridda Wars’ were to occupy the greater part of the two years’ … Continue reading

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Understanding Islam IV

The ‘Islam’ that is being spread by al-Qa eda, ISIS and the Muslim Brothers – the object of much controversy today – is the political face of Islam. POLITICAL ISLAM: BEGINNINGS The Oath at al-‘Aqaba; the Coup at the Colonnade … Continue reading

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