Bring Them Home

 

From the Description:

About a year ago I gave a workshop at the European Leadership Forum (ELF) on what I believed were the factors behind the emergence of Islam in the 7th century, employing only historical critical analysis to do so. That workshop was uploaded onto the ELF YouTube site (FOCL) just 2 months ago, and already over 116,000 people have viewed it, pushing it up to the 5th most viewed video on the FOCL channel.

Why would so many people watch a 2.5 hour lecture on such a boring historical subject, unless they found it important, or controversial…most probably it is the latter. The ELF is about to convene once again this week, so I thought it appropriate to upload that workshop on to my Pfanderfilms site as well, not only because it has proven to be so popular, but because this is the very subject we are discussing here on this site.

So, I asked permission to do so from FOCL, and they willingly agreed. This then is the 2.5 hour video concerning what I believe happened in the 7th century which created what we now know today as Islam. It is a long video, so go get some coffee, then sit back and put your feet up, and see if what I say in this workshop matches what you already know transpired historically in that part of the world, and at that time.

When you have finished, I would be interested to know whether you likewise agree or not.

© Pfander Centre for Apologetics – US, 2020 (28,170) [Music: “small adventure”, by Rafael Krux, from filmmusic-io – License CC BY]

You ain’t no fundamentalist bruv!

Model_1_of_Fundamentalism_sculptureNow that the fuss has died down about that insanely pathetic knife attack at Leytonstone tube station by a supposed “fundamentalist”, it is worth a little bit of Zizek to calm our nerves and self-congratulation and sense of defiance.

What is a fundamentalist?

My former Principal once made a dismissive passing comment that fundamentalism these days is all ‘mental’ and no ‘fun’!  I thought it was a clever way to carve up the word, but this comment has stayed with me over the years and actually, has more truth than I thought possible.

As that wonderful, instantaneous phrase suggests, the man carrying out a cowardly, random act of violence, is no Muslim.  But what I think would be more shocking for the perpetrator, is to discover that even if he is a Muslim (which he obviously is, even the liberal West can’t take that away from him), he ain’t even no fundamentalist!

Slavoj Zizek, a philosopher I love and hate to read, captures the heart of this issue  in his magnificent book Living in the End Times, when he writes,

Zizekbook“…, are the so-called fundamentalists, be they Christian or Muslim, really fundamentalists in the true sense of the term?  What they lack is a feature easy to discern in all authentic fundamentalists, from Tibetan Buddhists to the American Amish – the absence of resentment or envy, rooted in a deep indifference towards the non-believers’ way of life.

If today’s so-called fundamentalists really believe they have found their way to Truth, why should they feel threatened by non-believers (emphasis mine), why should they envy them?  When a Buddhist encounters a Western hedonist, he hardly condemns him.  He simply denotes benevolently that the hedonist’s search for happiness is self-defeating.

In contrast to the true fundamentalists, pseudo-fundamentalists are deeply bothered, intrigued, and fascinated by the sinful lives of non-believers.  It can seem that, in condemning the sinful other, they are struggling with their own temptation.  This is why the so-called Christian or Muslim fundamentalists are a disgrace to true fundamentalism” (emphasis mine).   p.469-70

So despite our current political language, fundamentalists today are not fundamentalists, and actual fundamentalists are nothing like this present perversion of fundamentalism, or diet-fundamentalism.  As one Australian comedian said regarding the war on terror, “I can’t believe it’s not terror!

Prophetic comedian truth aside, it is not merely that Islam has been hijacked; it is far worse – fundamentalism itself has been hijacked!  And that is no joke!

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