Alliance of Civilizations or Clash of Civilizations?
John L. Allen Jr. recently posted a very provocative article – A Catholic contribution in Egypt. I encourage everyone to read and judge it. It is the basis on which I make my remarks below.
A part of me says this article and this so-called “Alliance” is naive. As a combat veteran who has served in the Middle East and as someone who looks at foreign policy and international relations with a “realist” perspective I have many questions and concerns about what is now occurring in the Middle East. As a former Muslim I also bring some insights and experiences to this topic. (Refer to my posts below on Islam.)
To be sure this is not a new topic. Dr. Peter Kreeft created quite a controversy a few years back when he published his book, Ecumenical Jihad. Dr. Robert George also for many years has focused on who or what are the problem(s) with modernity.
For me though it ultimately comes down to this question. Who do you follow? Do you follow the rhetoric of fear from Newt Gingrinch, Glenn Beck or Rep. Allen West or do you follow the Holy Father? What say you? I for one choose the Holy Father. As Mnsgr. Luigi Giussani personally told me, “we must follow the Holy Father and by doing so we will save the world.”
Articles of Interest:
Between Allah & Jesus: What Christians Can Learn from Muslims by Peter Kreeft
The Ground Zero Mosque And Religious Freedom (4 Parts) by D.L. Jones
For your reading enjoyment on this topic I would refer folks to the below books:
Videos of Interest:
Glenn Beck on the 12th Imam
Rep. Allen West’s Keynote Speech at CPAC 2011