Presentation on theme: "Is This War?. Part 1 The War from the East Session 1.1 Is This War? Session 1.2 Islam – One of the Great Monotheistic Religions Session 1.3 The Fight."— Presentation transcript:
Is This War?
Part 1 The War from the East Session 1.1 Is This War? Session 1.2 Islam – One of the Great Monotheistic Religions Session 1.3 The Fight for the Soul of Islam Session 1.4 Dar al-Islam - The House of War Session 1.5 The Global Caliphate Session 1.6 Islam – Religion of Peace? Session 1.7 The History of the Conflict Session 1.8 Poverty in Islamic Nations
Outline 9/11 Two Jihadist Visions Is This World War III? Islamists War Against Modernity The War of Ideas Will we believe bin Laden and Ahmadinejad? Something to live and die for!
September 11, 2001
The Prelude February 26, 1993 Bombing of the World Trade Center 6 deaths 1042 injuries
The Prelude November 13, 1995 Bombing of U.S. – Saudi military base in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The Prelude June 25, 1996 Bombing U.S. military base Dhahran, Saudi Arabia 19 U.S. Servicemen killed
The Caves in Tora Bora
The Prelude August 23, 1996 bin Laden declares war against the United States – “Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places”
The Prelude February 23, 1998 bin Laden re-states Fatwa against the USA Published in Al-Quds Al-Arabi London-based Arab newspaper
The Fatwa “The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies – civilian and military – is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, …. and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together …. fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah.”
The Prelude August 7, 1998 Bombing U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Love Death More Than Life “These youths love death as you love life...These youths will not ask you for explanations. They will sing out that there is nothing between us that needs to be explained, there is only killing and neck- smiting.” Osama bin Laden to U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry
Love Life or Death
The Prelude October 12, 2000 U.S.S. Cole attacked in Yemen 17 Sailors killed 39 wounded
9/11 Sept 11, 2001 USA attacked by al – Qaeda 2974 people killed From 90 countries 318 th anniversary of the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the gates of Vienna Avenging the defeat of the Muslim armies in the heart of Europe
9/11 Targets carefully considered World Trade Center – symbol of U.S. economic power Pentagon – symbol of U.S. military might U.S. Capitol – symbol of U.S. political power
Two Jihadist Visions Sunni and Shia
Two Jihadist Visions
Is This World War III? A Tipping Point
Two Fronts Migration and demographics –Large numbers of Muslims are moving to the secular and anti-maternal Western world –Led to a peaceful Islamization of Europe in a generation Jihad – Holy War
World War III “I am firmly convinced that the world confronts a situation that is frighteningly similar to a Third World War, one every bit as serious and dangerous as the two great conflicts of the 20 th Century.” Newt Gingrich Historian and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
A Whole New History “And so, as I watched live on CNN as the twin Towers imploded and collapsed onto the streets of Manhattan, it was equally obvious to me that history, wherever it had been heading before the morning of September 11, had taken another turn, and a whole new history would flow from this towering inferno.” Thomas Friedman Longitudes and Attitudes
Islamists War Against Modernity
Clash of “Two Civilizations” “Two global civilizations appear to be poised in a complex confrontation on various levels of human activity. One is based in Muslim countries and the other in the West… Commentators are already seeing the confrontation in apocalyptic terms and calling it the Last Crusade.” Akbar S. Ahmed Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University in Washington, D.C.
Where Is the Church? Too often the church in the West lumps herself with the secular West and does not provide a vibrant 3 rd way. There are three “faith” systems vying for world influence (or domination depending on your perspective) –Islam – Monotheistic and moral –Atheism (Secular Materialism) and amoral –Biblical Theism – Monotheistic and moral
Where Is the Church?
The Culture Wars “These two world views [Judeo-Christian theism and secular humanism] stand as totals in complete antithesis to each other in content and also in their natural results − including sociological and governmental results, and specifically including law…. Francis Schaeffer Evangelist and Apologist
The Culture Wars “It is not that these two world views are different only in how they understand the nature of reality and existence. They also inevitably produce totally different results. The operative word here is inevitably. It is not just that they happen to bring forth different results, but it is absolutely inevitable that they will bring forth different results.” Francis Schaeffer
The War for the Heart and Soul of Nations For thoughtful and committed Christians, the war is on two fronts –The Jihadist ideology from the East –The Atheistic ideology in the West Both ideologies stand against freedom and basic human rights Christians must stand and fight with a better set of ideas that are articulated and “fleshed” out.
The War of Ideas
The Strongholds of the Mind 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5
Strongholds Greek – pochuroma: 1 a castle, stronghold, fortress, fastness. 2 anything on which one relies. 2a of the arguments and reasonings by which a disputant endeavours to fortify his opinion and defend it against his opponent. Means –Mental strongholds –Mindsets or ideologies
The Goal – “New World Order” Jihad – Global Caliphate Secularism – One World Government Christianity – Freedom (with responsibility)
Three Great Monotheistic Religions Judaism, Christianity, Islam An Infinite-Personal God exists In contrast to: –Atheism –There is no God. Man or the state is the ultimate authority. –Monism and Polytheism – nature is “God” There is a transcendent God and metaphysical and moral truth.
Three Great Monotheistic Religions Consequences of Monotheism –Order in the universe – development of science and technology –Man the image of God – justice and human rights –Transcendent purpose in life –Foundation for transcendent truth, goodness and beauty –Progress in the material world
Reason and Revelation REASON NON-REASON REVELATION NO REVELATION −Jews −Christians −(moderate) Muslims −Atheism −Pagan humanism −Muslims (Jihadists) −Some Christians −Some traditional religions −Pagan Animism −New Age
How to Fight the War of Ideas Jihadism by the sword Secularism by intimidation and coercion Christianity by persuasion
Will We Believe bin Laden and Ahmadinejad?
The West’s Grid Moral and cultural relativism –There is no such thing as evil –All cultures are “the same” (make no value judgment) Humankind is basically good The root of problems is social, political and economic. –Fail to take religion seriously –See economic poverty as the driving root of the angry young Muslim men Blind to history (this is a modern conflict beginning on 9/11)
This War Is About Ideas This war is not about economic frustration. It is about “ religion” - belief – sacred belief systems. –the supremacy of Islam and the inferiority of the West –Bringing the world into submission to Allah and the Koran
A Better Set of Ideas Both Atheism and Islam think they have a better set of ideas. In the West –Atheism is dying –Rise of Neo-Paganism – Post-Modernism In the East –Osama bin Laden is capturing the minds and imaginations of the youth. –He is offering them something to die for.
Something to Live and Die For!
Questions What is your response to what you have heard? What are the implications of loving death more than life? What are you living for? Is there anything that you are willing to die for?
Something to Die For Secularism: “Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.” Islam: Allah, the Koran, Paradise and 72 virgins! Yes, and to KILL for Christianity: live and die for Christ and his kingdom
Something to Live and Die For! Christians are called to die for but not kill for Christ. –Symbol of Islam is the sword; of Christianity it is the cross – self-sacrifice. The arsenal that Christians fight with: –Love and service (Gospel moves forward on the knees of the saints) –Better “ideas” – Truth, Beauty and Justice