Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics

(Jacob Rumans) #1

Christianity? Yes, it most emphatically does.

Here’s why: Although there are undoubtedly millions of
virtuous Muslims, Islam itself is an incomplete, misleading,
and often downright false revelation which, in many ways,
directly contradicts what God has revealed through the
prophets of the Old Testament and through His Son Jesus
Christ, the Word made flesh. And, as you will see in the
coming pages, its beliefs have serious consequences for
human dignity and the cultures of the countries in which it
dominates. For several reasons (which many in the West
have tried to ignore or explain away), Islam constitutes a
threat to the world at large. Despite having agreement with
Christianity on some fundamental beliefs, Islam’s theology
and its aggressive growth are not benign realities. Indeed,
Christians ignore them at their own risk.

Islam is now embraced by more than a billion people
— one out of every six people on the planet. At its current
rate of growth, Islam could become the world’s largest
religious group in less than twenty years. Moreover, Islam
for quite some time has not been confined to the Middle
Eastern lands that Westerners most often associate with it. It
now predominates in countries around the globe, and the
majority of Muslims worldwide are not Arabs. Indeed, the
largest Muslim nation on earth — Indonesia — is very far
from the Middle East.

In recent years, Islam has grown rapidly in Europe —
especially in such historically Christian nations as Germany
and France — and in North America as well. The United

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