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CLOSING DOWN CHRISTIANITY AT ITS SOURCE

We present this new essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. This essay is important in its focus on the mainstream media for both its failure to report the genocidal persecution of Christians in the first place and the use of the Jerusalem gambit to hide the persecution. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

I have been ordered to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Prophet, and offer prayers and give obligatory charity, so if they perform all that, then they save their lives and property. (From the “Sayings” (ahadith ) of Muhammad.)

The Muslim campaign to extirpate Christianity has been inaugurated at the place of the birth of Jesus– and no one seems to have noticed.   

he Mayor of Bethlehem, has decreed that, in protest of President Trump’s recent declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, it is necessary for him to close down Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. The result has been catastrophic for Bethlehem’s Christmas trade. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/christmas-bethlehem-trumps-move-ruined-171220085815666.html

FAREWELL TO OSLO

In this essay essay, Paul Merkley Discusses the extermination of Christianity in the Middle East. We present this new 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 that we have published.

The Imminent Liquidation of the Christian Population of the Middle East.

Of all the major world issues facing our elected leaders today the most urgent is the imminent liquidation of the Christian population of the Middle East. At the end of the Nineteenth Century, Christians were 13% of the population in the Middle East. Various informed estimates put their numbers today at somewhere between 3% and 1 % — and falling. The best estimate is that of the 1.4 million Christians (roughly 8% of the population) resident in Iraq in the days of Saddam Hussein, perhaps 200,000 remain. Meanwhile, nearly a third of Syria’s 600,000 Christians have fled that country.

If we fail to rescue the Christian people of the Middle East the world will see that we have no  moral capital to apply to the solution of any other issue. The only plausible solution to the situation of Middle East Christians is the creation, by international agreement,  within the present boundaries of Syria and Iraq,  of  an autonomous  region, or, better still, a sovereign state,  made up of the  Christian people of Iraq and Syria as well the other non-Muslim minorities. Let’s call it Assyria.

The distinguished Catholic journalist George Weigel issues this warning: “Today, western politicians seem to fear that naming the genocide of Christians for what it is, or treating Christian refugees as refugees, will be taken as a gesture of disrespect for Islam. This is shameful.” (George Weigel, “ISIS, Genocide, and Us, http;//www.firstthings.com, February 20, 2016.)

THE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM

We present this new 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.

Some Historical Perspective.

There is no escaping the conclusion that before Islam began bringing Christians to their knees throughout most of the Middle East in the 7th and 8th centuries most of them had lost vital interest in their inherited faith.

Over the three centuries since Constantine had set Christianity on the way to becoming the only legal religion (Edict of Milan, 313 AD) serious Christians in the eastern parts of Rome’s Empire had been divided into mutually hostile camps by bitter doctrinal disputes. Then as intellectual commitment to the creeds succumbed to a secular spirit among the ruling elites, residual loyalties kept these divisions alive, so that what had begun as a partisan spirit had become a tribal  sprit (as in Northern Ireland in our own time.) This partisan tribal spirit prevented the taking of united measures of moral and intellectual defense when the existential challenge emerged from the deserts.

Intellectual vagueness made for easy compromise on the teaching of Scripture. Pride in “openness” to alternative religions added to weakness for religious novelty and superstition characterized the nominally Christian world precisely as the rigorous unbending doctrines of Islam appeared in their midst.

MUHAMMAD AND NIETZSCHE

We present this new 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.

The Flight from Church.

When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke 18: 8b.

In the wake of the nerve-wracking catastrophe of 9/11 a pall of anxiety set in  – causing  some to imagine that a dramatic increase in church attendance was on the horizon. It did not happen. Instead, the mind of the world has become more escapist and more frivolous by the day. The amount of space given to world news in my newspaper, the Ottawa Citizen, has dropped – typically, to four or five abbreviated items – one half of one full page.

The descent of the popular mind into frivolous and escapist entertainments, including professional  sports,  and the decline of church attendance — both follow from the feeling that everything that is comfortable and agreeable in one’s life depends upon resistance to larger meanings. Nothing in the present culture serves to validate a visit to church on a Sunday morning. Any grown up person who prefers church to golf has a lot of explaining to do.

IS CHRISTIANITY IN RETREAT?

The state of Christianity today is briefly positioned against the rise of Islam in the West. However, Paul also gives a global perspective. 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.

The Confrontation Between Islam and Christianity: Some Historical Perspective.

All the best documentary evidence from the 7th and 8th centuries (the brief few generations when Islam triumphed over Christianity in the Middle East) suggests that Islam triumphed so unexpectedly  because the Christians had lost vital interest in their inherited faith.

Serious Christians were divided into mutually hostile camps by the doctrinal disputes of the past. Even as commitment to the creeds had succumbed to a secular spirit among the ruling elites a sort of tribal spirit kept alive suspicion against other denominations (as in Northern Ireland in our own time) and it was this that prevented the taking of united measures of moral and intellectual defense. Intellectual vagueness made for easy compromise on the teaching of Scripture. A spirit of “openness” to alternative religions and a weaknesses for religious novelty and superstition characterized the nominally Christian world precisely as the rigorous unbending doctrines of Islam appeared in their midst.

Pondering Hitler’s Legacy

By George Friedman

Happenstance has brought me today to a house on the Austria-Germany border, just south of Salzburg. That puts me about 3 miles from the German town of Berchtesgaden, on the German side of the border. Adolf Hitler’s home, the Berghof, was just outside the town, on a mountain in the Bavarian Alps. To the extent that Hitler had a home, this was it, and it was the place where Hitler met with many notables, particularly before the war began.

A War Between Two Worlds

By George Friedman

The murders of cartoonists who made fun of Islam and of Jews shopping for their Sabbath meals by Islamists in Paris last week have galvanized the world. A galvanized world is always dangerous. Galvanized people can do careless things. It is in the extreme and emotion-laden moments that distance and coolness are most required. I am tempted to howl in rage. It is not my place to do so. My job is to try to dissect the event, place it in context and try to understand what has happened and why. From that, after the rage cools, plans for action can be made. Rage has its place, but actions must be taken with discipline and thought.

I have found that in thinking about things geopolitically, I can cool my own rage and find, if not meaning, at least explanation for events such as these. As it happens, my new book will be published on Jan. 27. Titled Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, it is about the unfolding failure of the great European experiment, the European Union, and the resurgence of European nationalism. It discusses the re-emerging borderlands and flashpoints of Europe and raises the possibility that Europe’s attempt to abolish conflict will fail. I mention this book because one chapter is on the Mediterranean borderland and the very old conflict between Islam and Christianity. Obviously this is a matter I have given some thought to, and I will draw on Flashpoints to begin making sense of the murderers and murdered, when I think of things in this way.

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