A Book Announcement

 Posted by on 11 March 2005 at 11:35 am  Uncategorized
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A while back, I received this delightful book announcement:

Harun Yahya

We are living in an era in which the world is desperately in need of peace, friendship, and solidarity. Despite the urgent need for unity and cooperation, certain circles are inciting conflict, particularly conflict between the world’s two greatest and deep-rooted civilizations. This issue needs to be explored, as the war of civilizations that they predict would have disastrous consequences for humanity. One of the best ways of preventing such a disaster is to strengthen the dialogue and cooperation between these civilizations. This is not a hard task, as there are no fundamental differences between Islam and the Judeo-Christian western world. To the contrary, there is much common ground between them.

Today, ideological struggles, indeed, continue to divide the world. However, Muslims are not at one pole and Jews and Christians are not at the opposing pole. In fact, one pole represents people who believe in God’s existence and unity, and the other pole represents the unbelievers. There is only one way to defeat the alliance of the various groups of unbelievers on an ideological level: eradicate the negative and destructive influences of anti-religious materialism and further the cause of a society dominated by morality, happiness, tranquility, security, and prosperity. This will be done by forming an alliance of all conscientious people, namely, sincere Christians, along with religious Jews and Muslims, who will come together and unite in this common cause.

This book reveals that Muslims, Christians, and Jews have common principles of faith, worship, and moral values; face common dangers; and calls on the People of the Book (Christians and Jews) to unite with Muslims as fellow believers opposed to atheism, anti-religiosity, and social as well as moral degeneration.

Personally, I’d like more details about the proposed defeat of unbelievers. Given the strong language, I strongly suspect that rational persuasion isn’t the prefered method. So does the “eradicat[ing] the negative and destructive influences of anti-religious materialism” mean death to the infidels or merely censorship and intimidation? I don’t suppose it matters, really, but I am idly curious. (I’m not curious enough to buy and read the book, however! I’ve got more than enough bad philosophy already on my plate.)

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