Facing God

The Judeo-Christian tradition recognizes the individual, apart from the mob. That individual is invited to meet and talk, face to face and utterly spontaneously, with God, without interruption from any earthly authority. That encounter is the life spark of Western Civilization.

We define, and recognize, by contrasts. I learn much about Christian prayer and Christian monasticism by comparing them with their opposites. I think of Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” and what it says about my faith – specifically, what it says about the Judeo-Christian concept of God, of man, and of prayer. I think of how that artwork and its implications contrast with other belief systems: modern Atheism, ancient Paganism, and Islam.

  • Icebow

    Only Islam is beyond the pale. Atheism. unless characterized as Deism or Buddhism, is an ignorable irrelevance.

  • andycanuck
    • DD_Austin


      I think this quote best proves the author is a two faced arsehole.

      “A Muslim friend expressed to me”

      • Because no decent person could ever have a Muslim friend?

        • David

          Maybe because no decent person could embrace islam.

          • Most Muslims have not converted to Islam and do not practice it with any great enthusiasm.

            Many people fall short of perfection. Not you, of course. Not me. But other people. Some are even so abandoned as to be sloppy about things they believe and do. Some are so indecent as to value fitting in with family and friends. Maybe it’s even possible that some humans sometimes act out of habit rather than conviction.

            But yes, I suppose all such people lack even a shred of decency.

          • Shebel

            Circumstances -my friend , that are much more than your limited capacity—-
            I could become a Muslim quicker than I can snap my fingers.
            I would not ‘EMBRACE’ the cult.
            People like you —- are more than irritating.

          • DD_Austin

            Actually I believe you would “embrace”
            if the money was right

        • tom_billesley

          He might think it’s friendship, but islam forbids a mahometan from having a kafir as a friend.

          • And all Muslims practice Islam to the letter? Do you have any idea how many Muslims have never read the Koran?

            There is no moderate Islam. However, many Muslims simply aren’t very Muslim.

          • Shebel

            Sorta like- most Christians are not very Christian.

            Shoot me down—and I can get real Christian.

          • I guess so. One difference though is that Islam is explicitly political and totalitarian in a way that Christianity isn’t.

          • Shebel

            That is the One FACT that should be taught to our Children.

            It is obvious.

          • DD_Austin

            Many Nazis were’nt very Nazi

            just enough to follow adoph

          • Which would be a devastating if not terribly original analogy to suggest if I were defending Islam as an ideology. Which I’m not.

          • DD_Austin


            Solid fact #1 amid a sea of emotional opinion based biased bullshit

            There are 2 more

        • Shebel

          I have a few Muslim friends—We just don’t talk much about Religion.
          Actually , we all want the same thing when it comes to Family.

  • Brett_McS

    I like the Bill Warner approach in which he doesn’t concern himself with what people believe – it’s what they do about those who don’t believe in the same things that is the interesting question.

    • Alain


  • Alain

    For me it is very simple and does not even require that one be religious of any sort. Our traditions and culture were founded on the concept of individual freedom, liberty and responsibility. Replacing individual rights with collective rights is communism and that was brought to Canada by Trudeau Sr. I repeat collectivism is communism, nothing more, nothing less.

    • Clausewitz

      You sir, are a wise man.

  • Shebel

    I think that I should leave it blank.

  • Cat-astrophe

    Very good article. Went to Frontpage Mag and read it.
    I needed this.
    Thanks for sharing this article, Cat Fur.