Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism: A Call to Action (Google eBook)

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Crown Religion/Business/Forum, Feb 4, 2009 - Political Science - 208 pages
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“History must be made to march in the direction of genuine human progress; world affairs have no intrinsic momentum that necessarily results in the victory of decency. Maintaining the morale necessary to achieving progress in history requires us to live our lives, today, against a moral horizon of responsibility that is wider and deeper than the quest for personal satisfactions. The future of our civilization does not rest merely on the advance of material wealth and technological prowess; the future of the West turns on the question of whether our spiritual aspirations are noble or base.”
—from Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism

More than half a decade after 9/11, safe passage through a moment of history fraught with both peril and possibility requires Americans across the political spectrum to see things as they are.

In this incisive, engaging study of the present danger and what we must do to prevail against it, George Weigel, one of America’s foremost public intellectuals, does precisely that: he sees, and describes, things as they are—and as they might be. Drawing on a quarter century of experience at the intersection of moral argument and public policy, he describes rigorously and clearly the threat posed by global jihadism: the religiously inspired ideology which teaches that it is the moral obligation of all Muslims to employ whatever means are necessary to compel the world’s submission to Islam. Exploring that ideology’s theological, social, cultural, and political roots, Weigel points a new direction for both public policy and interreligious dialogue, one that meets the challenge of jihadism forthrightly while creating the conditions for a less threatening, more mutually enriching encounter between Islam and the West.

Essential reading in a time of momentous political decisions, Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism is a clarion call for a new seriousness of debate and a new clarity of purpose in American public life.

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Review: Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism: A Call to Action

User Review  - Skip Coale - Goodreads

Straight forwaerd analysis of Juhadism. Not restatement of Politically Correct rationalizations. But rather a candid examination of the driving forces for the current confilct looking at the Muslems, their religion but also critically looking at the history and experiences including the Crusades. Read full review

Review: Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism: A Call to Action

User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

This book is intended for someone who is very well educated (a lot more than me) and extremely knowledgeable in the subjects of religion and international affairs, in particular. The author takes a ... Read full review

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GEORGE WEIGEL, Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s foremost commentators on issues of religion and public life. A Newsweek contributor and Vatican analyst for NBC News, Weigel is the author of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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