[lit-ideas] Re: The de-islamization of Europe

  • From: Phil Enns <phil.enns@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2007 18:25:10 -0400

Lawrence Helm wrote:

"And I've studied the matters we have been discussing albeit not recently.
Nevertheless, I made the statement that a majority of Christians were not
pacifistic.  The fact that someone in the church demands that they be
doesn't change the fact that they are not."

That would be the ad populum thing again.

Lawrence continues:

"Human nature is the given.  There is no scripture countering it insofar as
self-defense is concerned.  Human nature isn't something that needs to be
authenticated by scripture.  Sinful nature is countermanded, but it is not
sinful to defend yourself."

Your 'defend yourself' needs to be qualified by 'Love your neighbour as
yourself'.  I have yet to see anything in your comments on your enemy that
would qualify as love, and in particular the self-sacrificing love of

And before you jump to all sorts of conclusions, I am not saying that we
should let 'the enemy' have its way.  That is not love either.  There are
ways of responding to the enemy that address issues of justice while
demonstrating love.


Phil Enns
Glen Haven, NS

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