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Sunday, September 18, 2005

No mercy for Istanbul

Check out the Hagia Sophia Blog. This one is floating around all the hip blogs recently. The Hagia Sophia should be a church, not a museum or a mosque. Yes, yes, yes.

Why doesn't Greece just take it back? It belongs to them; or at least more them than anyone else still around. The Turks have no right to anything - anything - and letting them play patty-cake with the Euroligarchy is sad.

Where's a Comnenus when you need him?


Blogger Inquisitor Generalis said...

We agree, and we've blogged on this very topic.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 3:49:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

The Turks are very sweet. Have you met any? They speak a language that sounds like taffy, molasses, and the scent of cherry blossoms.

In Bessarabia, some of them converted to Orthodoxy and became, well, Greek Turks. They're called the Gagauz.

Of course Muslims convert. The entire island of Malta consists of Mohammedans that embraced the True Faith. They still speak a dialect of Arabic and worship Allah in Church.

Muslims are wonderful and we'll get 'em in the end.

Monday, September 19, 2005 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Inquisitor Generalis said...

I don't know how many kind things I can say about Islam, but I do have to say that I admire Arab culture quite a bit, in some ways.

Monday, September 19, 2005 3:54:00 PM  
Blogger Guy Haraldsson said...

Jeff: I wish I could be as optimistic as you are, I really do.

Monday, September 19, 2005 6:10:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

What sweet responses from such a tough minded blogger and commenter. I'm impressed! Thanks and God bless.

I don't see a short-term solution, I admit. But I know many Muslims very well and they have their secrets.

You know what I've been told by Muslims when they get to know me well and trust me? That Christians are honest and they know how to love. I've heard this time and time again in moments of conscience and trouble. And they are terrified of God, terrified out of their wits.

God loves them and wants them, too. There's a tendency among us to see them as more formidable than they are. They are tough, but brittle. Their religion is not adaptable and it is prone to infighting. And in the long run, it will resist secularism (a Christian heresy, don't forget!) less well than Christianity does.

God hasn't lost His power and Christianity is REALLY true. Sometimes we defend it--me, too!; me, too!--as if we were afraid it isn't.

Monday, September 19, 2005 10:17:00 PM  
Blogger Guy Haraldsson said...

Eschatologically, I'm an optimist, but it rather stops there.

Although the Gates of Hell shall never prevail, it's entirely possible that in the days before the Second Coming, the only Catholics left are the Pope and a handful of Samoans.

Mohammedanism, being wrong, is inherently less stable than Catholicism. But, we have little spiritual leadership right now and zero temporal leadership.

So certainly Mohammedanism will fall to dust, like all other falsehoods have and will, sometime. But I have a feeling it'll take half (or more) of the world and billions of souls with it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 5:36:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

"it's entirely possible that in the days before the Second Coming, the only Catholics left are the Pope and a handful of Samoans."

It's possible, but not ENTIRELY possible. By that I mean, it's not "just as likely as not." The Church, wounded, sinful, and inefficient as it has been, has had vast numbers of triumphs. Even today, Catholicism ALONE may still be the largest religion on the face of the earth. Anyway, it was til a few short years ago.

If you think the Catholic Church is in an unhealthy state today, ask what kind of shape any OTHER institution would be in, if it had undergone what the Church has in the last quarter century. 35% of practicing Catholics in America under the age of 30 say that the Catholic Church is the one true Church. Where the Hell did they come from?

No, there's lots of room for more than eschatological optimism. You can't keep that Holy Spirit down!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 7:24:00 AM  

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