Christian Bails? [UPDATED]
Is Christianity — and by extension, a type of ethical “universalism” (be it secular liberalism or Christian charity) — responsible for the “successes” of Islamism as it works to spread itself?
Could be, I suppose — though I think Nietzsche once offered a similarly employed critique of Christianity, and the interpretive bungling on the back end of that didn’t work out too well for the Germans in the long run.*
Of course, Freddy had syphilis, let’s not forget — probably from doing very un-Christian things. Doubtful he would have made a fine master racer.
Besides: I thought Christ was both the lion and the lamb. At least, that’s what Flannery O’Connor used to assure me during the seances a few of us from the creative writing program would hold after a few tabs of acid and a bottle of cheap tequila.
Still, I suppose the question is worth pursuing: Does Christianity engender the kind of open-embrace of the Other that must, of necessity, sow the seeds for its own destruction? Or, to use Derbyshire’s formulation:
If there were a proposal to impose Sharia law in your town, who would you rather see riding to your aid: Christopher Hitchens, or Bishop Muskens?
— Hell, so long as we’re at it, we may as well add the Klan to that menu…
Or at least, Pat Buchanan.
update: Spencer replies to Derbyshire here.