What was Pope Benedict XVI up to when he spoke of the historic Islamic practice of conversion at the edge of a sword?
Watchwords of our time are 'Islamic terrorism' and 'Muslim extremists,' and nearly every point of conflict on the planet involves Muslim aggression.
Relatively few in the Western world know the origin of Islam and the Koran, and fewer still understand the implications. What is the source of this spring?
Those of us in the West are beginning to learn more about the Muslim mind. This is the best we can do; we can never hope to understand it because it is alien.
Westerners tend to put all Muslims in a box as a unified front. The reality, though, is that Islam is as fractured and sectarian as any other religion.
Any given doctrine must be built layer by layer, combining and comparing scriptures rather than allowing a single scripture to determine the doctrine. When we understand that porneia includes all the hideous perverted sexual sins that go beyond ordinary adultery- including bestiality, pedophilia, homosexuality, incest, and every …