Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Earthly Consequence of Fundamental Faith

Waiting for WW III by Doug Casey...offers an interesting and insightful analysis of current world affairs relative to the history of the Muslim faith. For instance...

Islam may be the world's largest religion, at least if you consider the number of real, as opposed to just nominal, believers. It's certainly the world's fastest growing, dominating the lives of about a billion people who live in what a wag might call the Koran Belt, extending from Northern Africa through all of the Mideast and Central Asia, right through western China and down to Indonesia. It's a part of the world with lots of poor people and little capital. Many repressive governments and little freedom. To what degree, if any, is that the fault of Islam?
Indeed, and to what degree is the relative prosperity of the West the result of Christianity? Much of the remainder of the article affirms our uncomfortable relationship with the fundamental observance of faith, any spiritual faith, that is, and wealth.
A good Muslim, even more than a good Christian, makes his religion not just the centerpiece of his life, he makes it his life. If the Koran is the exact and indisputable word of Allah, then it's almost a blasphemy to read anything else, or learn about anything else, or do anything that doesn't relate directly to what Allah expressly tells you to do, unmistakably, in black and white. Unfortunately, this presents a conflict with about a thousand other things a human may need or want. So compromises are inevitably made, rationalized and justified.   
Some say that Islam is fine in itself and, as with Christianity, the problem is fundamentalism. Fundamentalism is basically living your life exactly according to the dictates of The Book, as least as you understand it. And this gets us back to the problem of hypocrisy. If Allah, via the Prophet, says it is wrong to charge interest on a loan, under any circumstances, how can you rationalize that with modern banking practices and economic theory, in which interest is the time value of money? If Jesus, who many Christians believe is God, says that it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven, how can you rationalize being rich?
To the degree Muslims take their religion seriously, they will necessarily fall behind in every other area of human endeavor. That's because their religion takes absolute precedence over everything else and regulates everything they do. The consequences of that are poor, at least if you value things like capitalism, freedom, science and technology. And their consequence, prosperity.

This analysis is presented in the context of examining the inevitable economic disparity between Muslims and the rest of the world as technology lifts up the fortunes of those who live to prosper in the world, at the expense of those who shun it for the promise of better things in the next world. Resulting, the author hints, at the seeds of the coming (or present) third world war.

One wonders what the state of the world would be if the billion or so Christians were as fundamentally devout to their faith as most Muslims seem to be. Could it be that the secular world, already haven conquered the majority of "Christians", is now taking aim at the only faith group that remains to threatens The Dream of heaven on earth?


  1. Which is but to say that the only decent religious people are the ones that really aren't all that religious.