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Is There Any Difference Between Islamic Violence Today and the Wars of the Old Testament?

Is There Any Difference Between Islamic Violence Today and the Wars of the Old Testament?

I got a great question today from my sister: What would you say to someone who believes the Koran teaches Muslims to kill non believers and the Old Testament people were told to kill groups of people that did not worship God, and they wanted to know the difference? God has taken a lot of heat for the OT wars, especially the ones reported in the book of Joshua, and the later war against the Amalekites. Now Muslims are taking…

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When “Tolerance” Is Disrespect: Islam and Unexplored Assurances of a “Religion of Peace”

When “Tolerance” Is Disrespect: Islam and Unexplored Assurances of a “Religion of Peace”

It must be frustrating to be a Muslim in America. I’m not talking about the obvious frustrations: being in the minority, being members of a faith tradition that’s associated with terrorism, or even being generally misunderstood. I’m talking about the frustration of being analyzed and interpreted by people who won’t take the time to understand. More specifically, I’m talking about being the subject of liberals’ “tolerance.” I’ve been thinking about this since the San Bernardino shootings in December. It’s hard…

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Islam and the First Amendment

Islam and the First Amendment

I raise questions about Islam and the First Amendment in my current month’s BreakPoint column: Was the Constitution really written with Islam in mind? This extends what I wrote here earlier on work to be done after Paris, and an even earlier discussion on Islam in America. I do not claim to know the answers, but I am convinced they need to be discussed.

Work to be done after Paris

Work to be done after Paris

There is important work to be done after Paris, as we grieve lives lost and terror multiplied there. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution was not written with a religion like Islam in mind. I am confident similar things could be said of other nations’ codes and constitutions. Possibly the most crucial work to be done in political ethics today, therefore, is to define what constitutional freedom of religion means in the case of a religion that recognizes…

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Genocide in Iraq

Genocide in Iraq

My friend Eric Chabot gathered this information. Click links with caution. Remember, this famous quote: — ‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.’–Dietrich Bonhoeffer Unless you’ve been living on a desert island the last few weeks, you probably know that our brothers and sisters in Christ are getting butchered in Iraq. Hence, there is a mass genocide going on, the…

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Boko Haram Just Hit Home

Boko Haram Just Hit Home

David Wood is a friend of mine, a contributor to True Reason, a highly-informed critic of Islam, and a man who understands the love of God in Jesus Christ far better than I do.

Nabeel Qureshi: “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity”

Nabeel Qureshi: “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity”

Book Review Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi. The second time I met Nabeel Qureshi, I had a question I knew I had to ask: “You’re a medical doctor. Why are you working as a youth pastor instead?” There’s a story there, as it turns out: a lot of story. The first time met him had been a few months earlier, in November 2009, at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics. We discovered we…

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Why Religious Freedom Matters

Why Religious Freedom Matters

Religious liberty is under attack, not only from Federal mandates to violate doctrine and conscience, but also from a more intentional philosophical perspective. Ryan Anderson of editor of Public Discourse, recently reviewed Brian Leiter’s Why Tolerate Religion? I do not expect to have time to read Leiter’s book, though I suppose I may have to eventually; it’s an important question he raises and it needs a sustained thoughtful response. I think even without reading the book there is something to…

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What Good Is There In Defending a God’s Honor?

What Good Is There In Defending a God’s Honor?

I’m trying to understand the theology and the psychology of Muslim rage over a YouTube video denigrating the Prophet. I am not writing with opinions or answers but with questions. On the surface Christianity and Islam share a zeal for the honor of God, but only on the surface; the differences between them are huge. Christians have not always gotten this right, which I think we can attribute to mixing up religion with defending nation or culture. It may be…

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