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Christianity, Islam and Atheism: The Struggle for The Soul of The West Hardcover – November 26, 2012
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I'll start off by saying that I fully agree with the author's assessment of Islam as an oppressive, supremacist faith. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great informative book and pageturner for the type of information in it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A deep analysis of a topic pertinent to all of us. No punches pulled. Statistics, facts and interpretations of both are presented logically and humanely. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Victor Tomaszek
Christianity, Islam and Atheism (the Struggle for the Soul of the West)
By William Kilpatrick
For the Amazon reviewing service, I rated this book 3 of 5 because I... Read more
This is one of the best books I have read on the consequences of the absence of faith or non-practicing and appeasing faith - and how the vacuum is filled with radical Islamist... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Beverly J. Hanson