Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Conservatives and Islam

Jason Pappas has written a good post summarizing the historical attitude of Conservatives towards Islam. I think his survey shows that Conservatives haven't, and can't, fundamentally criticize Islam because doing so would require dismissing faith as a means of knowledge -- an objection which would be equally applicable, and equally devastating, to the Conservatives themselves.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked Jason's article too. But Jason, like many Conservatives themselves, often comes across as a Christian apologist. From many of his writings I get the sense that he is arguing that Islam is so violent because it is "idiosyncratic"; ie becuase of structural and "doctrinal" defects which Christianity doesn't share.

He often says that not all religions are equal. Well, yes and no. They are equal in their epistemological methodology. They may differ as to the degree of their evil effects in practice. So while I like Jason's blog and always visit there, I have reservations about his approach; ie whitewashing Christianity.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its funny that you consider it to be "whitewashing" when someone can see the obvious differences between the teachings of Christ and the teaching in the koran. Are you whitewashing islam by saying things like this? You are.

11:56 AM  

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