In this essay, Paul briefly covers the history of the State of Israel, the hostile response of the Arab and Muslim world based on the teachings of Muhammad, and the projection of this threat to the entire world. He calls on the need of a similar defensive response on the part of the West, similar to what the state of Israel has created. We present this essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.
Political Genesis of a Theological Fallacy.
Clichés exist because they serve a purpose – as short-cuts to conclusions that might not be reached if we took time to think about them. In short, there is always some motive involved.
Take this one: Isn’t it true, after all, that we all believe in the same God? — we” meaning Jews and Christians and Muslims.
This dictum springs effortlessly to the lips of politicians and spokesmen for the police when presented with an opportunity to discountenance an act of outrage against a mosque, a synagogue or a church. Official voices speaking for our ecumenical denominations take the cue and join in. It seems not merely right but necessary – a requirement of public order. It does not follow, however, that it is true. Indeed, the very fact that it snaps into place so automatically is the best objective clue to its falsity.