Thursday, July 28, 2011

Christians in the Caliphate

    Consider St. John of Damascus who served the Islamic caliphate as a government official and translator. He was able along with the monks of the Palestinian desert to actually write apologetics against Islam under an Islamic regime! He wasn’t executed. Others like Anthony of Baghdad were able to do the same.
So writes reader Gneisenau in response to a controversial idea put forth by Throne and Altar's Bonald — Should Muslims lead European conservatism? The reader asks, "Could a Christian get away with that today?"

There is Father Zakaria (Zakaria Botros) of Al hayat TV in Egypt. Of course, he faces much opposition and Gneisenau is right "that many Muslims are just as throughly modern" and "share more in common with 20th ideologies than with early Islam."

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Blogger Carl M. said...

To be fair, the caliph did cut off his right hand at one point, and he had to pray to the Virgin Mary to have it restored.

(Now, that I look at Wikipedia, it says the prompt for the hand severing was a forged letter by the iconoclastic Byzantine emperor, so maybe it wasn't really the caliph's fault.)

2:57 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Nice stories. Now go down to Sudan and ask the Catholics who are currently being suppressed for theirs.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Wolfe said...

It is unfortunate that we are being asked which monster to serve: secularism or Islam.

We should answer: no false gods, no masters.

1:44 PM  

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