Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

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What Are the Real Facts About Islam?

What Are the Real Facts About Islam?

And why are so many Catholics dead set on ignoring them?

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Dear Friend of Catholic Answers,

It’s no secret that there are dangerous fanatics in the Muslim community.

After 9/11, that’s undeniable.

So why are so many Catholics in denial about the situation?

 “A Religion of Peace”?

To hear many people tell it, Islam is a “religion of peace.”

It’s understandable that Muslim apologists would say that about their faith, but even many leaders in the formerly Christian West are saying it, and it is patently false.

To be sure, there are many Muslims who want nothing to do with violence, who want only to live their lives peacefully, the same as the rest of us—but there is still an undeniable link between Islam and violence.

That link goes back to Muhammad, the founding prophet of Islam, who grew up in the brutal world of ancient Arabia. Muhammad’s status as an Arabian warlord left an enduring stamp on the religion he founded, and since his time, jihad has been a goal and an obligation for his followers.

This means that when Christians engage in dialogue with Muslims, they need to be clear-eyed about the attitudes they are dealing with . . .

 Spencer Exposes the Truth About Islam

That’s why Catholic Answers has just published a new book by New York Times best-selling author Robert Spencer, the founder of Jihad Watch.

Spencer has written hard-hitting best-sellers such as The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades).

Now he’s penned Not Peace but a Sword: The Great Chasm Between Christianity and Islam.

It’s an eye-opening guide to the facts about Islam that people don’t want to talk about.

He explains the differences between Christian and Muslim beliefs concerning:

  • The character of God, Jesus, and divine revelation
  • The nature of truth and the source of moral law
  • Religious freedom and other basic human rights
  • Life issues, marriage, and sexual morality
  • The rights and dignity of women

He demonstrates that these are not simply theological differences, but beliefs that have real-world consequences. They drive Muslim behavior toward Christians and others. If we fail to open our eyes to these differences, we do so at our peril.

 The Peril Is Real

Spencer himself is no stranger to that peril. His family is in America because his grandparents in Turkey suffered persecution at Muslim hands.

And he’s not the only one. Millions of people worldwide have experienced it.

If you’ve been following the news, you’ve seen that the countries that experienced the “Arab spring” have been turning into Islamist disaster zones.

For years, the Church has been alarmed about the state of Christians in the Middle East. They are fleeing the region in droves to escape Muslim persecution.

Today, the Christians in Jesus’ homeland are few and far between, and in a few decades there may be virtually none left. Just look at what has happened to Jesus’ birthplace. After World War II Christians made up 85 percent of the population of Bethlehem. Now they make up just 15 percent.

Then there are issues such as Muslim immigration in Europe, terrorism against Western targets, and the denial of basic human rights—including those for women—in Muslim lands.

That’s what makes Robert Spencer’s book so timely. Here’s what some respected Catholic figures are saying about it . . .

 Scott Hahn and Patrick Madrid on Spencer’s New Book

People like Scott Hahn and Patrick Madrid have already been commenting on Not Peace but a Sword, and they’re impressed.

Here is what theologian Scott Hahn has to say:

Robert Spencer is a careful observer of Islam and a courageous voice on behalf of Christians. In Not Peace but a Sword he shows us how to take Islam seriously without falling into alarmism, hatred, or bigotry and provides a needed corrective to media disinformation.

And here is what apologist Patrick Madrid says about the book:

Robert Spencer carefully examines the challenge posed to Christianity by an increasingly militant Islam. His case is calm, lucid, accurate, and uncompromising in its presentation of the facts of history. He provides an honest and unflinching account of the roots of Christian/Muslim tensions, a robust defense of Jesus Christ and Christianity in response to Muslim claims, and a sobering wake-up call to all Christians.

 A Must Read, Say Experts

Other authors who have written about Islam have also weighed in with words of praise for Not Peace but a Sword.

Robert R. Reilly, the author of The Closing of the Muslim Mind, had this to say:

Dialogue with Islam may be the order of the day, but before we can discuss what we might have in common with Muslims, we had better be aware of the defining differences. This is the invaluable service Spencer provides in this book. With his usual clarity and insight, Spencer gets to the essence of the problems faced by anyone who thinks we can talk our way out of the challenge Islam presents.

And William Kilpatrick, author of Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West, says:

A great many Catholics know only a Disneyfied version of Islam and still cling to the dangerous illusion that Muslims and Christians share much in common. But as Robert Spencer ably demonstrates, beneath the surface similarities lies a deep and possibly unbridgeable gulf. This is must reading not only for Catholics but for all Christians.

 Seeing Through the Dangerous Illusion

Robert Spencer’s new book is a powerful tool that will help countless people learn the truth and see through the dangerous illusion that the forces of political correctness are trying to create about Islam.

This handsome, hardcover book also includes the complete text of an engaging, live debate between Spencer and well-known Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft on whether the only good Muslim is a bad Muslim.

I’d like to send you your own copy of Not Peace but a Sword as soon as possible, but there’s one other thing I need to mention . . .

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We’ve soldiered on and tried to maintain as much of our work as possible. But if things don’t improve, we will have to cut back, and that could limit our ability to produce new, hard-hitting, and informative works like Robert Spencer’s book.

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 Exciting Reading and Listening

As a special thank you for your generosity, I’d like to send you Robert Spencer’s handsome hardcover book. If you are able to send $40 or more, we will send you your own copy of Not Peace but a Sword: The Great Chasm Between Christianity and Islam—FREE.

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As defenders of the Faith, Catholic Answers specializes in producing hard-hitting informative works like "Not Peace but a Sword: The Great Chasm Between Christianity and Islam." We send our thanks to everyone who supported this project.