Re: Theological reflection on Just War

From: Preston Garrison (
Date: Fri Oct 26 2001 - 22:50:20 EDT

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    Jon Clark wrote:

    >In the bigger picture, you may be right. So far it is mainly
    >extremist groups of
    >Muslims who advocate holy war against the western war. If this
    >should become the
    >policy of most Muslim countries then the world will be in for a
    >torrid time. I grew
    >up in a country with a substantial Muslim minority and have known Christians
    >threatened and shot, for being missionaries or converts. I have no
    >illusions about
    >Islam and regard it as being anti-Christ in a most profound sense.

    I have just begun reading The Middle East: A History of the Last 200
    Years, by Bernard Lewis, the grand old man of American Middle Eastern
    studies (very well written, with plenty of telling vingettes, the
    sort of thing that makes reading history interesting to me). His
    account of the origins of Islam makes it clear that it was conceived
    as an explicit, emphatic rejection of Christ (and that the Dome of
    the Rock was the architectural expression of that rejection.)

    Preston G.

    Preston Garrison
    Biochem. Dept. MSC 7760            Insert the usual disclaimers here.
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