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Christianity needs to reform to talk to Islam


Black, R, Christianity needs to reform to talk to Islam, The Age, Fairfax Media, Melbourne, Australia, 28 September (2004) [Newspaper Article]

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The war on terror is being waged with the wrong weapons because we have misunderstood the nature of the war. Behind the bombs and blasts, this is finally a battle of ideas about ultimate things: the meaning of life, death, God and community. Contrary to popular belief, this is a battle for which the West is ill-equipped. The West is vulnerable and the outcome of this war on terror is far less certain than many suppose.

The fact that, from its ghastly opening gambit, this war has been waged primarily by suicide bombers should have given us the clue. Instead we mutter about their irrationality or wring our hands and say that unendurable injustice will drive people to anything. We miss the point that the war is being fought not by irrational people but rather by people whose rationality is so secure about matters of ultimate meaning that such attacks seem logical. The liberal postmodern West has so lost confidence that there is ultimate meaning that it can only understand suicide bombers as irrational. It forgets too quickly and to its peril that the original victory of Christianity - over the powers of Rome's pagan pantheon - was in part the result of martyrs.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Religious studies
Research Field:Religion, society and culture
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Black, R (Professor Rufus Black)
ID Code:125891
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Vice-Chancellors Office
Deposited On:2018-05-15
Last Modified:2018-05-15

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