It's late at night here in Quito and I just dropped by the LEAD at Episcopal Cafe. As an old ex philosophy student and teacher my heart was strangely warmed by the words of that most methodical of philosophers, Immanuel Kant, regarding the matter of making covenants. Read it HERE.
If Kant can't how can we? The discovery of this little gem is attributed to Rev. Dr. Fred Quinn and Prof. Frank M. Turner. Fredrick Quinn has recently published a book "The Sum of All Heresies: The Image of Islam in Western Thought" (Oxford University Press, 2007.) It spells out the pervasive and continuous history of the ways in which Islam has been viewed in Western thought. It is a great read.That perception - that Islam and its adherents are primitive, violent, uncouth, under civilized, repressive and yet sexually exciting, and on and on - colors any possibility of addressing Islam in England or any other cohesive culture without already build-in prejudice and hatred.