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"This extraordinary book pierces through the politically correct miasma of unreality that envelops us and explains clearly and persuasively, with mountains of evidence, the threat that Islam poses today to the Church and to Western civilization. William Kilpatrick is to be commended for penning a concise and comprehensive introduction to the reality and magnitude of the Islamic supremacist threat. This book should be essential reading for politicians, bishops, and everyone who is on the front lines of the culture wars." --Robert Spencer, author of the NY Times bestseller The Truth About Muhammad

"Kilpatrick's insights into Western relativism, multiculturalism, and the resultant anti-Christian attitudes form a matrix by which the rot of a crumbling society can be better understood . . . This book summons Christians to awaken their love for the true Jesus Christ of the Gospel, to learn sober truth about Christianity and Islam, and live their faith courageously in the face of Muslim aggression." --Mitch Pacwa, SJ, Author, St. Paul and the Power of the Cross

"Most politicians, journalists, and intellectuals either fall silent on the subject of Islamic theology or sanitize it through platitudes, all of which revolve around religious and cultural relativism. As William Kilpatrick convincingly shows in Christianity, Islam, and Atheism, this fashionable complacency has compromised Western civilization. In this indispensable book, he wakes the politically correct up from their dogmatic slumbers, sounding a vitally important alarm about the true aims of Islam." --George Neumayr, contributing editor to The American Spectator and co-author of No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom

About the Author

William Kilpatrick is the author of several books, including Psychological Seduction and Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong. His articles on Islam have appeared in Investor's Business Daily, Front Page Magazine, Jihad Watch, Catholic World Report, the National Catholic Register, World, and other publications. Professor Kilpatrick taught for over 30 years at Boston College from 1970 to 2001.
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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (November 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158617696X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586176969
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since I was raised a muslim , I have long waited for a book by a catholic author that would expose Catholics to the threats of Islam in the west. The only other catholic author ,who is active in this task, that I could recall is Robert Spencer, who does not write for Catholics in particular.Other Catholics writers like John Esposito, are misleading with their own propaganda. Catholic bishops , by large, were negative force in exposing the threat. Kilpatrick's book " Christianity Islam and Atheism" is well researched book , and is useful to understand how Islam threaten the Western Civilization. It uses the example of the islamization of Europe , and how freedom of speech is being lost over there with the decline of the christian faith. Kilpatrick blames Christians and atheist alike for the emerging of Islam. Multiculturalist agenda were the main reason, he claims. It teaches the beauty and equality of every culture , expect the western one. He also acknowledge those who stood up to defend western values from the atheists and Christian camp. Although acknowledging their bravery , the author criticize Ex muslims, like Ibn Warraq and Ayan Hirisi ,for hoping that the enlightenment tradition would alone save the west. He rather emphasize that the enlightenment without it's framework and roots , that is judeo-christian heritage , can't speak to Muslims. Although the reality is very bad for Western Christianity which suffers from radical secularism and Islam alike, hope still exist. He insist that Islam stands on a shaky foundation ; thus asks to subjugate it to free-inquiry, which will help to illuminate muslim's mind about the lies that they live in.
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This book is important because it calls attention to the very real threat that Islam poses to the West. And it is disturbing because it will probably not be read -- or will be dismissed as "alarmist" -- by the very people it needs to reach: the proponents of multiculturalism, the moral equivalence of all religions, universal tolerance without regard to the very real differences between world views and cultures, and so on.

Quickly stated, the author's central thesis is that Islam is at its heart a religion of violence and subjugation, and that it threatens to fill the spiritual vacuum created by the lapse of Christian faith in western society. Mr. Kilpatrick challenges the reader to actually READ the Koran, which is filled with the call to jihad, and to not be fooled by Muslim apologists who claim that jihad refers only to an interior spiritual struggle. He tellingly compares the lives of the founders of Christianity and Islam. While Jesus was a man of peace and virtue whose most violent act was to turn over the tables of the moneylenders in the temple, Muhammad was a military commander who led his followers in 27 battles and was unspeakably cruel to his conquered foes. He challenges the claim that the Koran was in fact a revelation from God, and suggests instead that it was composed by the "prophet" as an act of self-aggrandizement. He points out the immoral lifestyle of Muhammad, who married Aisha when she was only 9, and who wrote part of the Koran to justify his taking more than the customary 4 wives allowed to other Arabs. But Muhammad is the "perfect" role model for all Muslims: his cruelty and immorality are not to be questioned, at the risk of imprisonment, torture and even death.
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Christianity, Islam and Atheism: The Struggle for The Soul of The West is a new book from Ignatius Press by William Kilpatrick. This is not a light read, but I found it to be an very informative read.

There are a range of ideas about engaging Islam and whether Islamist terrorists are misusing their religion or are more faithful adherents of it. Within Catholic circles to some extent these differing views are represented by Robert Spenser and Peter Kreeft. In fact these two men engaged in a debate on the subject that I thought was a great debate in both the issues and how both men respected the other.

I tend to fall in the Robert Spenser end of the spectrum and so did this book. There is certainly a Mark Steyn like approach in this book and Mark Steyn is quoted rather extensively in it. The Mark Steyn view is displayed regarding demographics and how emigration of Muslims into Europe is affecting these countries. Especially as there has been less integration into these cultures as is usual. But this goes beyond the normal political approach and into subjects relating to the Church and the Evangelization of Muslims.

The book is misnamed to some extent where atheism is really a reference to secularism and a reaction to Islam that is represented by some agnostics, atheists, and believers of a more liberal stripe. The second section of the book on "Islam's Enablers" is a reference to this and how bad behavior by some Muslims are protected and covered up. The book contains multiple examples of how tolerant societies have allowed this behavior while evicting or punishing to some extent those who highlight and fight agains this. In many ways it is quite laudable when people want to prevent prejudice of one group because of the actions of a segment of that group.
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