8 thoughts on “Absolutely valueless?

  1. Douthat is the new Carl Schmitt: the friend-enemy distinction is the key to Christianity. So, Christ came into the world to battle Mohammad. Seriously, I would hope that Benedict would shiver in horror if he reads this defense of the Church Militant.

  2. What an odd article. It’s sort of a patchwork of assertions that seem to want to be making a coherent point. Other than the straightforward “West v. Islam” argument towards the end, though, I don’t even see anything you can meaningfully argue against. It’s all too scattered to even make out what his line of argument is (though there is ethos aplenty).

    Not to take too cheap a shot, but it reads like a Sarah Palin speech. Pauli’s characterization of something as “not even wrong” comes to mind as well.

  3. In addition, the idea that Islam is a “challenge” to Christianity on the level of potentially winning converts is laughable — if anything, the appeal of Islam in a secular society like the UK is even less than that of Christianity. The paranoia on display here is disturbing.

  4. my favorite part:

    a dull round of interdenominational statements on global warming and Third World debt, only tenuously connected to the Gospel.

    apparently Douhat’s gospel comes in the form of crusade.

  5. Just wait until the apostolic constitution on a new dispensation for the corporate conversion of entire mosque communities comes out. This one was nothing.

  6. You also gotta appreciate the implication that any Christians that don’t belong to a hardline right-wing denomination are constitutionally lukewarm.

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