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Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism: A Call to Action Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 26, 2007
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“Absolutely masterful: the moral principles, the strategy, and the tactics to win this war for the survival of the West and democracy are all here—coherent and persuasive. Osama bin Laden and Ahmadinejad will hate this little book above all others.”
—R. James Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency
“A stirring book: the battle of ideas against Islamist radicalism is now fully joined. George Weigel—a brilliant author with deep knowledge of theology and practical politics—provides a way forward for the western democracies. A badly needed and urgent book.”
—Fouad Ajami, director of the Middle East Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University
“Provocative and exacting, George Weigel wants Americans to think more clearly about the way we live now, and in this unapologetically bracing book he lays out a stark vision of the challenges of our time as he sees them. Whether you agree with Weigel or not, you will want to hear him out, for his is a voice worth taking very seriously indeed.”
—Jon Meacham, author of American Gospel and Franklin and Winston
“Weigel has written one of the most important books since 9/11. It’s a bracing, challenging, and compelling account of the war we are in and which we have to win.”
—William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard
“George Weigel has produced a thoughtful manifesto that wisely calls for bipartisan unity against a foe that threatens all that we cherish.”
—Joe Lieberman, U.S.senator
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There is good reason that George Weigel throughout the book refers to the Pope's Regensburg address that caused so much controversy, but for the wrong reasons. The Pope's address is almost a blueprint for this book and Weigel's contention that Jihadism is primarily caused by bad theology due to false idea that God is not even bound to reason. The Pope's critique was also focused on the Western world where there has been a loss of faith in reason and the ability to know what is true resulting in a deep and blinding skepticism.
Reading this book really helped me to focus and think about the problems of global Jihadism and how best to respond to it. In the West the idea of Jihad terrorism is mainly seen as a problem due to root causes such as poverty and other environmental factors. It is easy to understand this worldview since it results from a worldview that already does not take theology seriously in the first place. They can't see that other might take theology (no matter how badly distorted) seriously.
George Weigel lays out many factors in the Islamic culture that leads to Jihadism in the first part of the book called "Understanding the enemy.Read more ›
There are fifteen chapters in the book with each one dedicated to a single lesson that the West must learn if we are to successfully defeat the jihadists. These fifteen chapters are divided into three parts: Understanding the Enemy, Rethinking Realism, and Deserving Victory. Weigel's prose in clear as usual and in each chapter the reader is treated to a thoughtful blend of philosophy, political theory, and politics. There are a handful of problems with the book (e.g. his creation of the "unhinged right" seems like an artificial and weak construction thrown in just to provide political balance to his "unhinged left") but overall the book is a useful guide to understanding the struggle America must face if we are to prevail in the War on Terror.
Everyone in America who is unsure about the nature and desires of our enemies should read this book.
George Weigel correctly locates our civilization's real battle with Jihadism's attempting to destroy our nation and other nations. The battleground is in our contrasting theological concepts and the resulting actions and emotions. Jihadists view God as being remote and requiring total submission, versus Christians' view of God as our loving heavenly Father who sent his Son. These contrasting views are contained in the history and the documents of the two faiths, the Qur'an (Koran) for Islam considered to be dictated directly, word by word to one person in about 600 AD in Arabic and so not to be translated, whereas the Bible had many writers over many years, who are believed by ecclesiastical consensus to have been directly inspired by God, but who actually used the words and language of the writers' own particular historic period to document that inspiration for all.
The many confrontations with Jihadism are best understood in the context of this deep, long-term theological battle noted above. Even secular leaders and individual atheists should accept and utilize the reality of this real theological battle in their understanding and actions to be effective. Defense against the Jihadists avowed intention of eliminating non-Moslems and their culture can not be achieved by way of our military power and economic resources, as continually demonstrated by recent events. The reason for this impasse is because the battle between Jihadists and the rest of the world is asymmetric, and as per Weigel observation really theological.Read more ›
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First published in 2007, George Weigel examines the war against Islamic terrorism in "Faith, Reason and the War Against Jihadism. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin M. Derby
Must read for anyone who wants to speak intelligently about Islam.Published 17 months ago by solomonstemple
Searching for out of print and used books has been made so simple since Amazon has come along. Easy, well laid out, many choices and conditions to chooses from. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nancy Simpson
Weigel does a superb job explaining our responsibilities to combat global jihad by first identifying the false statement that Islam is one of the three Abrahamic faiths to... Read morePublished 22 months ago by M. Lozano
George Weigel is currently one of the best American writers on religious topics. This is a short, but very informative, book outlining Weigel's ideas of the strategies and tactics... Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Another river of silver and gold from the pen of an incisive writer.
He "targets" the wood from the trees and is fair in judgement.
This completely disgusting book, has about as much to do with "reason" as a gay fashion designer would if he re-designed the Swiss Guards' outfit with fishnet fabrics. Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by Peter P. Fuchs