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ISIS’ Apocalyptic Endgame

In an article by Professor Gabriel Said Reynolds, he says…

What motivates them is neither insanity nor political radicalism. They are driven by a powerful religious impulse — and a craving for a bloody, apocalyptic showdown with the West….

ISIS will wage war, and wage it constantly, in the hope of luring the United States into a massive invasion, in the hope of provoking a final battle that will usher in the end of the world….

This does not mean that the United States should rule out ground forces unconditionally. There may come a time, and it may come soon, when ISIS’ brutality will reach the level of genocide, and it would be a crime not to intervene.

Nevertheless, any decision to intervene should be taken with the knowledge that we will be giving ISIS the very battle for which they are yearning.

Another article worth reading is by Peggy Noonan, An Administration Adrift on Denial .

Enlightening: What ISIS Really Wants

Theological Conversations

In light of all the political instability in the Middle East, Professor Gabriel Said Reynolds of Notre Dame gives us some good theological understanding of ISIS as an apocalyptic vision of Islam. The following articles by Professor Reynolds can help us understand more about this turmoil in the Middle East.

Recommended articles and resources:

“My research is focused on the study of the Quran in general and the relationship of the Quran to the Bible in particular…. A secondary area of research is the relationship between Muslims and Christians through the centuries, including theology, culture and politics.”
http://news.nd.edu/news/59856-three-questions-with-gabriel-said-reynolds-quran-scholar/

ISIS’ apocalyptic vision of Islam
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/gabriel-reynolds-isis-apocalyptic-endgame-article-1.2132307

Why ISIS enslaves: It’s a religious thing
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/gabriel-reynolds-isis-enslaves-religious-article-1.1977179

Jesus the Muslim Hippie
http://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/12/jesus-the-muslim-hippie

“I Am A Christian, And I Will Remain A Christian”: What We Can Learn From Meriam Ibrahim
http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/06/i-am-a-christian-and-i-will-remain-a-christian

Evangelizing Islam
http://www.firstthings.com/article/2011/01/evangelizing-islam

 

Articles on this blog

https://thewonderoftruth.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/theological-conversations-2/

https://thewonderoftruth.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/theological-conversations/ : Good videos in this blog post.

Recommended books:

Ishmael Instructs Isaac: An Introduction to the Qur’an for Bible Readers (Connections)
http://www.amazon.com/Ishmael-Instructs-Isaac-Introduction-Connections/dp/0814658822

The Bible and the Qur’an
http://www.amazon.com/The-Bible-Quran-Jacques-Jomier/dp/0898709288

111 Questions on Islam: Samir Khalil Samir on Islam and the West
http://www.amazon.com/111-Questions-Islam-Samir-Khalil/dp/1586171550

Muslims Ask, Christians Answer
http://www.amazon.com/Muslims-Christians-Answer-Christian-Troll/dp/1565484304

Dialogue and Difference: Clarity in Christian-Muslim Relations (Faith Meets Faith Series)
http://www.amazon.com/Dialogue-Difference-Clarity-Christian-Muslim-Relations/dp/1570758565

The Story of Christianity
http://www.amazon.com/Story-Christianity-David-Bentley-Hart/dp/1623654165

The Emergence of Islam: Classical Traditions in Contemporary Perspective | Fortress Press
http://fortresspress.com/product/emergence-islam-classical-traditions-contemporary-perspective

Finally, please see this video:

Theological Conversations

Please join us each Wednesday evening for daily Mass at 5:30 p.m. and then at 6 p.m. for the ongoing theological presentations in the church commons area.

Three Religions of Abraham, Or Only One?
Professor Remi Brague, a professor of Arabic and religious philosophy at the Sorbonne, in his book On the God of the Christians (and on one or two others) points out that the “Abraham” that the three religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) would have in common is a vague abstraction. For Islam, “Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but a true believer, and Muslim” Quran III, 67.

Professor Gabriel Said Reynolds of Notre Dame offers a short reflection on Abraham.
Abraham in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Professor Samir Khalil Samir is a Jesuit who is an author and professor at Saint Joseph University in Lebanon. He wrote a short book that I highly recommend, 111 Questions on Islam.

There also are two videos that I highly recommend:
The Radicalization of Islam and
Pope Benedict’s Regensburg talk.

Nebeel Qureshi offers several video lectures that can be beneficial in our ongoing theological conversation to try to understand the growing number of Muslims in the United States. First of all, Islam is more than simply the Quran, it is a way of life. Qureshi gives us in this lecture an insight into how the practice of Islam shaped his life until his conversion to Christianity as a young adult. Apologetics of the Quran.

At the beginning of the video he quotes from why Islam website devoted to bringing westerners to Islam. Their mission statement sums up our discussion last night of how Muslims understand their faith.

And I would recommend his lecture on the text of the Quran. The Text of the Quran.

This website, Why Islam, is a way the Muslims spread their mission to call people to their faith. The site gives a clear understanding of what they believe, as well as how they understand the Christian faith in relationship to Islam.

Understanding Islam from a Christian Perspective

At Sacred Heart parish in Norfolk, Virginia, we have started an ongoing theological discussion on the relationship between Islam and Christianity. If you are in the Tidewater area of Virginia, please join us at Sacred Heart on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 following daily Mass which begins at 5:30 p.m., for the next video presentation and discussion. All are welcome!

I encourage all readers to read/view the following links.

Linked below is a website titled “Christian Responses to Muslim Questions” from Professor Christian Troll of the University of Munich. Please review the first chapter, which will give you some insights into the subtext underlying the positions of the respective Muslim and Christian debaters.

Christian Response to Muslim Questions. The whole document is here in PDF form:
http://files.ctctcdn.com/05b06db0201/474db0fe-d25c-42d1-8aac-2ca9b74a1921.pdf

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? Christian vs Muslim Thinking. (William Lane Craig vs Shabir Ally)  A lengthy but worthwhile debate from McGill University, on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-9-vWtTcU8

We may begin to investigate some rich insights from Professor Gabriel Said Reynolds, Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology at the University of Notre Dame.  Here is a sampling of some of his essays.

Why ISIS enslaves:  It’s a religious thing
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/gabriel-reynolds-isis-enslaves-religious-article-1.1977179

Jesus The Muslim Hippie
http://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/12/jesus-the-muslim-hippie

Reading the Qur’an Through the Bible
http://www.firstthings.com/article/2009/11/reading-the-quran-through-the-bible