Thursday, February 22, 2007

Return to the Third World

Father Raymond de Souza describes the impact of demographics on the Anglican Church in the National Post. The upward trajectory in the number of Christians in the Third World has met the descending trend line of First World congregations and has inexorably shifted the center of Christianity away from Europe to Asia, Latin America and Africa. In a very short while, nearly 70% of Christians will be in the non-European world. As a result, the doctrinal compromises made by the Anglican leadership in the West to mollify their post-Christian flock will soon be under severe attack.


In less than 20 years, according to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, the world's 2.6 billion Christians will be comprised of 623 million Latin Americans, 595 million Africans, 513 million Europeans and 498 million Asians. The growth of Africa has been astonishing, from 10 million Christians in 1900 representing about 10% of the population, to some 360 million in 2000, representing about 50% of the population. In such a world, the concerns and cultural mores of the Upper West Side of Manhattan are marginal at best.

The consequences of the new majority has already provoked a crisis within the Anglican Church. Recently, Anglican bishops meeting in Tanzania have rejected the idea that "that homosexual acts should be judged morally licit, and even sacramental."

The big and getting bigger Anglican churches in Africa have kept to the constant Christian teaching that such acts are sinful. Between the two, the Archbishop of Canterbury has valiantly attempted to fashion a compromise. But of course something cannot be both a sacrament and a sin, so matters had to be resolved one way or the other. The plain meaning of the Tanzania meeting is that the leading Anglican archbishops have given the U.S. Episcopal Church a Sept. 30 deadline to recant of their approval of same-sex marriage and actively gay bishops. If they do not recant, the apparent consequence would be that the U.S. Episcopal Church will be expelled from the Anglican Communion, and those American Episcopalians who hold to the Christian heritage on such matters will be provided for in some other way -- likely to involve the same African archbishops who have insisted on calling the U.S. Episcopal Church to account. If that indeed happens in September, the Archbishop of Canterbury will have to finally decide whether to throw his lot in with the north or the south. If he opts for the north, he might find himself the last Archbishop of Canterbury to claim leadership of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Christianity has so often been described -- often by Leftists -- as a "Western" religion that it is easy to forget that its roots are in the Middle East and that the oldest Christian communities are in places like Iraq, Syria and Ethiopia. Recently, I engaged in a dinner table discussion with a Jewish friend who recalled the shameful behavior of Christians in Russia, Eastern and Western Europe in the years before and immediately after the Second World War. I wondered rhetorically how much of what is ascribed to "Christianity" was really European behavior as opposed to anything doctrinal. And now the question will be become sharper across the board as non-Europeans inexorably gain the majority in church councils.

There are two further implications Father de Souza doesn't address which will have a gradual but growing impact. The first will be the effect of the numbers and unapologetic style of Third World Christians in the current clash of civilizations between the West and Islam.

An oft-quoted Christian poet from Ghana, Afua Kuma, has a contemporary hymn that would no doubt drain the remaining colour from the pallid faces in a typical northern Anglican choir: "If Satan troubles us, Jesus Christ You who are the lion of the grasslands You whose claws are sharp Will tear out his entrails And leave them on the ground For the flies to eat."

For many Europeans (though maybe not to Americans like Donald Sensing) the days of the pistol-packing padre belongs to the pre-modern age. But as the International Herald Tribune's coverage of atrocities on the Philippine island of Basilan reminds us, Something Has Survived.

The Reverend Cirilo Nacorda, the Roman Catholic parish priest in this small seaside town, says he carries his .45-caliber handgun only when he's tending to his flock in nearby villages. Otherwise, when he's at home in his rectory here, his two bodyguards stand among the wooden pews of his church and keep watch. . Father Nacorda needs the protection these days. The stocky, 44-year-old native of this strife-torn island has ignited a firestorm of public controversy in the Philippines. He has angered both the military and local outlaws by accusing the military of being involved in kidnapping, the most lucrative, and deadly, business here on Basilan island, 800 kilometers (500 miles) south of Manila.

The second implication is more subtle. Many of the cultural products of Hollywood and the publishing industry are now tuned to be what will be an increasingly obsolete understanding of Christianity and Christians. The stock depictions of bumbling, hypocritical and flamingly homosexual clergymen might represent a certain reality in the Sceptered Isle of England but they would hardly correspond to Father Cirilo Nacorda. They would have to bring back Friar Tuck to get anywhere close.

Just how far out of tune many of the current assumptions about Christianity are turning out to be was illustrated by the recent ban by British Airways on employees who wore any symbols resembling a cross. It had initially suspended Nadia Eweida after she wore a small necklace with a cross over her uniform. But the airline rescinded its policy after meeting opposition from the Archbishop of York, of Ugandan origin, Dr. John Sentamu. Nor did he apologize for actions.

"Praise the Lord! I am grateful that BA has finally shown grace and magnanimity in this change of policy so as to enable their Christian employees to display their commitment to their faith. I welcome the efforts made by BA to allow the wearing of the Cross by those Christian employees who wish to do so. Nadia Eweida’s courage and commitment to her Lord is a challenge to us all that love and loyalty to Christ conquers in the end."

How could BA have gotten it so wrong? Probably by assuming what is no longer true: that the values of post-modern Europe are also the values of global Christianity.

21 Comments:

Blogger Roderick said...

I'm glad the writer mentioned the implications of the surging Christian numbers vs. Islamic numbers. Like it or not, they will be a future bulwark against Islamic expansion, and may even cause Islam to recede. There will be bloodshed, and it will be a religious conflict. This will happen because the West in general insists on leaving a vacuum in the world's strife-torn areas.

2/22/2007 02:19:00 PM  
Blogger herb said...

Spengler has written that the "southern cone" which is the term of art for third world surgent Christianity understands the Bible as the writers wrote it as a tribal and preagricultural document. It gives an Anglican (and should a Catholic as well) pause when after a couple of thousand years of sophisticated theological analysis that the future of the religion is the past and a rural African one at that (See Spengler at http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/HL12Aa01.html )

2/22/2007 02:31:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...

The staying power of any religion is its ability to provide meaningful answers and context for real world problems. What should a liberal churchman have to say on Basilan?

I recall one Leftist professor wo tried to come to terms with the death of her son after he had enlisted in the Communist cause. She did the rounds of the cancer war at the Philippine General Hospital, perhaps because among the dying she felt closest to her dead son. After a while she carried around only the Bible and religious texts. No one in the cancer ward had any interest or use for the Teachings of Chairman Mao Tse Tung.

2/22/2007 02:40:00 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Davis said...

Rev Sensing was not the first military Methodist in America:

Webb began preaching as well, and soon he received a local preacher's license from Wesley. Having returned to America in 1766, Webb announced to the Methodist Society that he was not only a soldier of the Crown but also "a soldier of the cross and a spiritual son of John Wesley." Within a week, Webb was participating in the preaching activity and the leadership of the society. Webb's persuasiveness, and the sheer spectacle of a uniformed military officer preaching with his sword laid across the pulpit, reinforced Embury's preaching ability.

2/22/2007 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Buzz said...

I have been blessed by hearing from friends and family that have returned from short term mission trips to Zambia, that the folks there are extremely Spiritual. I speculate that those not hindered by the bustle and cultural distractions of the first or second worlds are better at living in the moment. Living in the moment seems to allow the Holy Spirit greater access through us.

2/22/2007 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger Cedarford said...

dzxscfWretchard - What should a liberal churchman have to say on Basilan?

Interesting line. I mentally thought of course for Basilan or Mindinao or Leyte - the usual Marxist Liberation type preacher once active in broad swaths of the 3rd world (funded and staffed of course with a pile of progressive, childless Euroweenies).

Then I read about the Leftist Prof mommy of a dead Commie reverting back to the Bible for comfort to herself and others.

Of course no doubt Lefty Mommy was brought up Catholic in the Philippines and probably was served up a heaping dose of good old Catholic self-guilt that her progressive politics had led her son down the path to perdition.

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Though I think it would be just so deliciously ironic for the whole effete English pile of PC, obligated to say Anglicism is all about advancing women and gays - to be tossed out of the Church of England as apostates by a pile of Nigerians, Bahamanians, Jamaicans, New Guineans.
If it comes down to who the Anglican Church sanctions the crowning of after QE2 kicks to bucket...I see the Next King sitting with his mostly dark Convocation of Anglican Bishops. Asking him to work with the Parliament to cut back on all the feminism and faggotry that facilitated the Western Demographic decline and shifted control of the English Church to it's colonial subjects.

2/22/2007 06:17:00 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

A couple of Anglican congregations in the US have submitted to the jurisdiction of African Bishops in order to avoid the homosexual obsession of the US hierarchy. The charges of imperialism against Christian missionaries look so 20th century.

2/22/2007 06:49:00 PM  
Blogger Teresita said...

Cedarford wrote: Though I think it would be just so deliciously ironic for the whole effete English pile of PC, obligated to say Anglicism is all about advancing women and gays - to be tossed out of the Church of England as apostates by a pile of Nigerians, Bahamanians, Jamaicans, New Guineans.

I wonder if the New Men in the leadership of the Anglican Communion are going to do a little revisionist history on the very event that caused their break from Rome. The new improved C of E absolutely draws the line against equality for women and enchanted people of both genders, so I wonder if they think it was okay for King Henry VIIIth to father children on seven different women.

2/22/2007 08:03:00 PM  
Blogger 49erDweet said...

What robert says is last year's news. It is more than "a couple" of Anglican/Episcopol US churches which are now gladly under an African bishop's jurisdiction. As the CofE/Anglicans continue to rot away from their unspiritual and bible-denying center, the move towards third world dominion has become a growing western trend that this fall could turn into a landmark rupture of that ancient creed.

Rome can only watch and shudder as the pendulum of power slowly begins to accelerate away from European 'personal opinions' toward the basic values of a less sophisticated - but more honest - world.

It will be an interesting ride.

2/22/2007 08:07:00 PM  
Blogger Utopia Parkway said...

If Satan troubles us, Jesus Christ You who are the lion of the grasslands You whose claws are sharp Will tear out his entrails And leave them on the ground For the flies to eat.

I didn't know he was of the Tribe of Judah

We can only hope that the African Christians will continue to fight back against the African Muslims.

2/22/2007 10:14:00 PM  
Blogger Pyrthroes said...

A Christian is one who believes that the coming of a personal Saviour was long foretold. That when Christ came, He communed with His disciples in such wise as to promise life everlasting, that they would meet their Maker for Judgement in end days.

Christ chose His disciples, they did not choose Him. Herein lies mystery... God's Judgement is not for man to know. But the Christian believes his Lord will come again, "to judge both the quick and the dead".

Theologians (sic) are chronocentric, geocentric-- born in given places at a given time. Over two millenia, virtually no aspect of Christ's message has escaped over-elaboration by self-important clerics intent on twisting doctrine to political advantage.

But we have just stated all one needs to know of Christianity. As to Christ's teachings, absorb them as you will. Centuries later, neither Henry VIII nor any Pope can have the slightest bearing on our Master's Word: Love one another, I am with you always, trust in me for I am Son of God.

Anyone who thinks this message obsolete, or that "Do unto others" will ever be superseded by some paltry attitudinizing, does not know Christ the King. We most certainly do not, but permit us Communion with our beloved Master, for there is always Hope.

2/23/2007 04:52:00 AM  
Blogger Mətušélaḥ said...

I didn't know he was of the Tribe of Judah

The Christ of Rome is a Roman. Isus might have been of Judah, but the Romans erased that which was of Judah and replaced it with that of Isis. What is left, is an imperial vessel of Rome. And Rome, well, you know well enough of Rome.

2/23/2007 06:19:00 AM  
Blogger Teresita said...

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it was claimed yesterday. However, after running up a bill of £18,000 of taxpayers' money, defence chiefs concluded there was 'little value' in using psychic powers in the defence of the nation and the research was taken no further."

2/23/2007 07:24:00 AM  
Blogger Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) said...

The dispute over homosexuality within the Anglican Communion is a symptom, not the source, of the problem.

I was born and raised in the Episcopal Church, the 16th generation in my family to follow that path. Over more than 50 years I have listened to numerous priests, bishops, seminarians and academics within TEC: the level of theological rot in the American church is profound.

Rotten to the extent that 88 bishops openly rejected the authority of scripture and the church's traditional authoritative documents, such as the Articles of Religion and even its own 1979 prayer book.

Rotten to the extent that they chose as their Primate (presiding bishop) a person first ordained barely more than a decade earlier. A person who openly refers to “Mother Jesus” and on national television states categorically that Christ is a path to salvation, but not the only one.

Rotten to the extent of refusing to discipline bishops who have openly rejected the divinity of Christ.

Rotten to the extent that then-Primate Griswold stated publicly that Robinson (whose election triggered the controversy) would never have made it past the secretary’s cut if he’d done what he did with a woman, instead of another man.

In other words they’re going to bring into prominence within their church every possible creature from the petting zoo of modern American secular leftism. The election of Schori is entirely within that momentum, and it is a far more powerful demonstration of the rot than anything to do with Mr. Robinson.

A repudiation of non-scriptural ordinations, elections to bishops, and ‘blessings’ of relationships (as demanded of the Americans last week) should be the beginning of discipline, rather than some end point.

I’m astounded by the patience and graciousness of the Africans in this matter ... it is far, far more than the American church deserves.

I know this—I am personally finished with the Episcopal Church, absent abject repentance and top-to-bottom reform. They are a group of false teachers, giving modern Americans what their itching ears want to hear, but they are not Christians in any reasonable biblical or reformation sense of that word.

The Africans know that.

Stewardship of the faith is passing from the corrupt and flaccid West, to the dynamic and faithful South. Thirty years ago the Episcopal Church and the Church of Uganda each had 3 million members: today TEC has declined by 40% and CoU has more than trebled.

In fact, there are more Anglicans worshipping on any given Sunday in either Uganda or Nigeria than in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand ... combined.

2/23/2007 07:33:00 AM  
Blogger The Wobbly Guy said...

Teaching in an Anglican school, I have no doubts as to which way the Singapore Church will jump when the schism point arrives. That is, we're still very conservative.

I must say, even as an atheist, that I find myself greatly amused at the circumstances the Western section of the church now finds itself in. They have replaced honest spirituality not with a more intense or fundamental morality, but with a vacuum of post-modernist non-philosophy, and they will now pay the price.

BTW, an Ugandan pastor came by last year to give the students a talk on faith and determination. He was impressive, to say the least.

2/24/2007 07:31:00 AM  
Blogger forward said...

I earned an MDiv degree from an Episcopal seminary two decades+ ago and was a candidate for ordination. After looking long and hard at the church, I moved away from that option.

Bart Hall is correct in his description, but he even understates it. Two female priests in PA recently attempted DRUID 'ceremonies' without rebuke from their bishop.

Count me among those for whom ordination of women is not unBiblical and not outside the realm of possibility within tradition.

That said, however, the manner and motivation for ordaining women and gays in PECUSA is hollow and corrosive. For too many, it is being done for secularist reasons rather than prayerfully.

I say this as a woman.

2/25/2007 04:09:00 AM  
Blogger Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) said...

There is so much more I could add, but it is late in the thread, thus I'll limit myself to two points.

Wobbly: first of all, as an avowed atheist I suspect your 'faith' or confidence is probably stronger than mine. Second, though I know not how you ended up teaching in a Anglican school, I give both you and the school credit for that. As a scientist -- my first two degrees are in geology -- I hope you'll look past the wooden literalists who, when Jesus says "I am the door", look for hinges and a knob. Feel free to write me at bart {at}PrairieStarFarm{dot}com if you want to explore the remarkable evidence for a creator and move beyond the wooden literalists of six-24 hour days and all that nonsense.

Forward was right to walk away, as did I.

A couple of years ago, in the Episcopal church on the US east coast there was great discussion about ecumenism. One Epscopal 'pastor' discussed at some length her involvement with Buddhists.

When asked "Have you done anything with the Baptists?" she responded, "Well, why? We don't have anything in common with them."

That demonstrates absolutely everything that needs to be said about the Episcopal church in the early 21st century. As I said above, the Africans are being remarkably gracious.

2/25/2007 02:07:00 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

I'm up on the north shore of oahu today. I've been to a couple different services this weekend. The worship services included mostly songs that I know. Typically the words to the music were projected up on the front screen instead of being read from hymnals. And sometimes movie and video clips would be played to display a pastoral point. Sometimes the words would be displayed in English, Hawaiian, Philipine/Tagalog, Japanese & chinese. I really think this use of technology in worship here is having as profound an effect as the introduction of the gutenberg press had on the reformation. further I think the introduction of moving pictures into the worship process rebalances the (almost islamic) emphases on the written word over imagry in worship that came with the reformation.

2/25/2007 04:47:00 PM  
Blogger Bill C said...

The new improved C of E absolutely draws the line against equality for women and enchanted people of both genders, so I wonder if they think it was okay for King Henry VIIIth to father children on seven different women.

The Nigerian Anglicans, and African Christians in general, have bigger fish to fry.

The former Episcopal Church USA, now the Episcopal Church, is another church of the secular left. They control a majority of the Episcopacy but the people in the pews in the USA are far more conservative. The schism in the US you are reading about is between conservatives and liberals. There would be no problems without the hierarchy pushing a leftist agenda. The African church is not the cause, it is a haven for Episcopalians who are fleeing their G_dless bishops.

Like the University system, the Episcopal church's leadership is another institution in which leftists have infiltrated and purged their ideology enemies. Wish them good luck because demography is not on their side.

2/25/2007 07:18:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Some months ago, we were holding an "Adult Forum" (Sunday school for the grownups) at our Episcopal church at which we were talking about The DaVinci Code and its suggestion that Jesus was married and fathered a child. Now, the Episcopal church claims to rest on the "tripod" of faith, scripture, and intellect (man, I hope I got that right!), so, like everyone else in the crowd, I was very comfortable with the idea of discussing the possible ramifications of this alternative history... but I was shocked to find that I was the only one (speaking, at any rate) who thought that there might be certain doctrines which you must profess in order to consider yourself Episcopalian. I didn't care about whether Jesus was a virgin or Mary Magdalene was his wife, or even whether they had a child, though it certainly would muddy the waters Here Below; I did, however, care that it's evidently possible to call yourself "Episcopalian" yet not believe that Jesus is the Son of God and in some mysterious way also God Himself. Here I thought it was a Christian sect... and that those things in the back of the Book of Common Prayer had some meaning and utility to the Church.

And then we get to the already-mostly-sainted Bishop Kate, and her approving remarks on how members of the American Episcopal Church, being all progressive and enlightened, tend not to reproduce very much. Did I say "approving"? Sorry, I meant "damnfool."

When we first moved to Philadelphia's western 'burbs, we were church-searching. One of our potential church homes was a church where (we heard) the rector and his ?associate rector? ?wife? ?both? were practicing Druid rituals during Mass. St. Francis in the Fields was the church, which is, incongruously for its name but logically for this practice, in the woods. We ruled it out without even a visit, reasoning that we didn't want to step into the middle of that fight.

2/26/2007 02:27:00 PM  
Blogger GLOBAL CLASH OF RELIGIONS said...

APOCALYPTIC CLASH OF CIVILIZATION ISLAM VERSUS CHRISTIANITY IS INEVITABLE: by Kalki Gaur, Editor Times of America. March 3, 2007, Washington DC,
(1) THREAT OF BARBARIAN ISLAMIC CALIPHATE EMPIRE: Christian America believes that Wahhabi, Arab Islamic Terrorists flushed with Oil incomes, aim to establish "an Islamic Caliphate covering a region from Spain, across North Africa, through the Middle East and South Asia, all the way to Indonesia -and it wouldn't stop there. The US Vice-President, Dick Cheney warned so on February 24, 2007 in Australia. Dick Cheney is right, as oil-funded Semite Arab Wahhabi Islamic terrorists "have ambitions of Islamic Empire" that aim to destroy Christian Civilization and the Western economies by Oil-Price Rise and nuclear attacks on Christian Western Europe, to take revenge of western disintegration of Ottoman Caliphate after First world War. United States should invite India as co-imperial power to rule the Iraqi oil colony, otherwise if Arab Islamic Jihadists tasted victory in Iraq, just as they tasted victory over white Christian Russians in Afghanistan, then Arab Islamic Jihadist would look for new missions, not only in Afghanistan but in capitals across the Middle East, Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia and the World civilization as we know would collapse and New Dark Age will descend on the Civilized Christian world. Dick Cheney correctly argued that Free Nations "have a duty" to stand in the way of the insurgents for the sake of their long-term security. America is determined to prevail in Iraq because we understand the consequences of failure". Dick Cheney should realize that without direct military participation by India, the white Christian nations would fail to colonize and impose peace and freedom to Iraqi people, as Arabs can only be governed or ruled by sword and guns. "If USA and NATO coalition withdrew before Iraqis could defend themselves, radical factions would battle for dominance of the country, and snowball into a barbarian invasions of civilized West Europeans, who lack the military capability to face the barbarian Muslim invasions. Like the fall of Roman Empire, the West Europeans would capitulate and Islam would rule over Christian Western Europe again in 21st Century, just as Ottomans ruled over Balkans, Serbs and Greeks for centuries. Without the direct military support of USA and India the Europe would come under the military rule of Muslims in 21st Century. Dick Cheney wise said "The (Islamic) violence would likely spread throughout the country, and be difficult to contain. Having tasted victory in Iraq, then Arab Islamic Jihadists would look for new missions. "Many would head for Afghanistan. Others would set out for capitals across the Middle East, spreading more sorrow and discord as they eliminate dissenters and work to undermine moderate governments." Nuclear-armed Arabian Islamic Jihadist might blow up and destroy liberal Christian civilization, perhaps aided by End of Time Christian believers, who might join Islamic terrorists to fulfill Christian Apocalyptic Teleology, Rupture and Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Christian fundamentalists might inadvertently join Islamic fundamentalists to destroy Western Christian Civilization to impose new Dark Age in Europe.

(2) POLITICS CAUSE OF ISLAM VERSUS CHRISTIANITY CLASH OF CIVILIZATION: More than 30 percent of the White Christian population in Europe and United States firmly believe that violent apocalyptic Clash between White Christian Western civilization and Semite Arab Sunni Islamic Civilization including Iranian Shiite Civilization is inevitable and likely to take place in the early part of 21st Century. Unless Civilized White West does not undertake preemptive military strikes on barbarian uncivilized Arab & Iranian Islam, there is a possibility that White Christianity may cease to exist or lose the war waged by barbarian Islam in the 21st Century. Clash between Islam and west is political, BBC poll finds. Osama bin Laden uses the language of religious conflict, but the BBC poll suggests most people believe politics is the cause of conflict between Islam and the West. Fears of an inevitable "clash of civilizations," Christian West versus Islam are not exaggerated rather highly likely to occur soon. Sizeable population of Christians in the West (more than 50 percent) see positive links between cultures and believe that politics, rather than religion, is the primary cause of international disputes. The politics and oil is the main cause of Islam versus Christianity clash of civilization. The BBC Globescan 2007, public opinion poll of 27 countries for the BBC World Service found the most common view (52%) is that tensions between Muslims and westerners arise from "conflicts about political power and interests" - endorsed by 52% overall. Three in 10 (29%) say such tensions arise mostly from "differences of religion and culture". Either Islamic Oil will make Islamic oil producers oil colonies of the West, or Islamic oil incomes will enable Arab & Iranian Islamic Jihadists to destroy Western civilization in the 21st Century.

(3) FOR OIL AMERICA MUST INVADE ISLAMIC TERRORISM IN IRAN & IRAQ: The national interests of Semite Arabs and Christian West requires that clash of Islam versus Christianity should continue ad infinitum. Unless Christians are able to invade and colonize Islamic oil producers, before oil-funded Arab/Iranian Islamic Jihadist gain access to Pakistani nuclear weapons, the future of the west is doomed. Only common ground that can avert the Islam versus Christianity Apocalypse and Armageddon, is that liberal world empowers Arab women to gain control over political, police and religious power in the Islamic world so that male Arabian/Iranian Jihadis are removed from positions of power, authority and wealth in the Arab world and Islamic world, with the direct help of western military forces and the crusades of democracy in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait and other Islamic nations. When asked if "violent conflict is inevitable" between Muslim and Western cultures or whether "it is possible to find common ground" an average of 56% said that common ground can be found between the two cultures - the most common response in 25 countries. On average almost three in 10 (28%) think violent conflict is inevitable. Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country, is the only country where this view predominates. At least 48 percent of the population believes that it is impossible to find common ground between Islam and Christianity. Rise of Islam inevitably means the decline of Christianity, and vice versa. Strikingly, the poll reflects a belief that violent conflict is more common among Muslims (35%) than Christians (27%) or others (27%). But 52% of the 5,000 Muslims polled say it is possible to find common ground. Amongst the Middle Eastern countries surveyed, that included majorities in Lebanon (68%) and Egypt (54%) and pluralities in Turkey (49%) and the United Arab Emirates (47%). "Many people round the world, more than 30 percent of the population, clearly accept the idea that Islam and the West are caught in an inevitable clash of civilizations. Very sizeable people in UK believe that Islam-Christianity rapproachement is not possible. In the UK, 77% of those polled believe Islam and the West can find common ground. In Italy the figure is 78%, in France 69% but only 49% in Germany. A majority of Americans (64%) think it is possible to find common ground, though about a third (31%) believe violent conflict is inevitable.

(4) AMERICA 2008 IS THEATER OF CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS: Religious Right Conservative Conspiracy created Saudi Wahhabism and Clash of Civilization as an instrument to descend New Global Dark Age over Civilized Christian world, in 21st Century, just as Papacy aligned with barbarians in 415 AD to destroy roman Empire and to usher in barbarian Medieval Dark Age over White Christian Western Europe. American voters in 2008 will decide whether they want barbarian medieval Dark Age in 21st Century. Dear Americans you have a free will to destroy America, with a constitutional wall that separates the State and the Church in 2008. The apocalyptic concept of a "Clash of Civilizations" originated with the Harvard thinker Samuel Huntington, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Henry J. Kissinger, Papacy, Christian Religious Right conservative conspiracy, who argued that conflict between cultures, especially between the West and Islam, was replacing the old cold war confrontation between East and West. Similar language is used by Osama Bin Laden and other Jihadists that conspiring to overthrow the unpopular House of Al Saud monarchy in Saudi Arabia. The BBC survey found that 58% attributed tensions to intolerant fundamentalist Islamic minorities led by fanatic religious leadership, rather than fundamental differences between Islamic and Christian cultures. In the Global Clash of civilizations, the Papacy and Wahhabi Islam and Shiite Iran, President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, Senator Barrack Obama, Secretary Henry Kissinger, Secretary Madeleine Albright are on the same side of religious Fundamentalism in the battle lines of Clash of Civilizations. Protestant Christianity, Orthodox Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism, United States and India, Senator Hillary Clinton, Secretary Condi Rice, Rudy Giuiliani, Senator McCain are on the same side of the Clash of Civilizations in the 21st Century, after the India-USA civilian nuclear treaty signed by President Bush and Indian Prime Minister. Every presidential candidate for 2008 elections, whether Democrat or Republican must reject the Religious Right Conservative conspiracy, to avert the descent of a new barbarian Dark Age over the civilized Western world in the 21st Century, and speak against it, even if they lose the elections. American people will respect them more in their defeat than their victory as henchmen of the Religious right Conservative conspiracy. Religious Right conservative conspiracy is greater a Crime and greater evil than Hitler’s Nazism or Cambodian Pol Potism. Let virtuous of America join forces to inflict total defeat on Islamic Terrorism, Religious Fundamentalism in American elections 2008. Religious Fundamentalism personifies Pure Evil and Devil in 21st Century. Let United Nations (UNO) declare Religious Fundamentalism, Extremism, Intolerance and Religious terrorism a cognizable War Crime, punishable with life imprisonment by International Criminal Court at The Hague. All Evil Ideologies must be militarily defeated and politically destroyed in the 21st Century otherwise a New Dark Age might descend on the civilized world. Religious Fundamentalism must not misuse the democracy to destroy democratic society itself. Give political and electoral Death to Extremism, Intolerance, Fundamentalism and Terrorism in coming US elections 2008 and coming election in India. Support President Bush’s Crusade of Democracy to militarily destroy and conquer the homelands and breeding ground of Fundamentalism, Extremism, Intolerance and Terrorism worldwide. Support American military invasions of nuke-seeking fundamentalist Shiite Iran and Arab Sunni Taleban. Support preemptive strikes on Terrorism. Let’s raise the Army of “Good” to defeat the forces of “Bad”. Vote Wisely in 2008 Elections. Do Not Be Misled by Evil Fundamentalism, Extremism, Intolerance and Terrorism. Amen!
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Kalki Gaur, “DA VINCI CODE AS CLASH OF RELIGIONS” (2006)
Kalki Gaur, “GLOBAL CLASH OF RELIGIONS” (2006)
Kalki Gaur, “GNOSTIC BIBLE” (2006)
Kalki Gaur, “POPULIST MANIFESTO” (2006)
The complete text of 5,000 pages of Books by Kalki Gaur available for free download at following Kalki Blogs for academic and non-commercial usage.
http://360.yahoo.com/gaurkalki ;
http://360.yahoo.com/clashofreligions ;
http://360.yahoo.com/diplomacyofcivilizations ;
http://clearblogs.com/kalkigaur/ ;
http://kalkigaur.blogstream.com/ ;
http://my.opera.com/kalkigaur/blog/ ;
http://my.opera.com/kalkitv/blog/ ;
http://indiatalking.com/blog/kalkigaur/ ;
http://diplomacyofcivilizations.blog.com/ ;
http://kalki.newsvine.com/
http://kalkimail.googlepages.com/1
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/1
© 2006 Kalki Gaur Copyrights All Rights Reserved, Email: kalkimail@gmail.com
KALKI GAUR BLOGS @ GOOGLEPAGES
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/1
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/01
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/12
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/13
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/14
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/15
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/16
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/17
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/18
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/19
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/01
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/02
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/03
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/04
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/05
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/06
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/07
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/08
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/09
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/10
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/11
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/2
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/21
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/22
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/23
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/24
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/25
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/26
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/27
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/28
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/29
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/30
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/31
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/32
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/33
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/34
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http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/36
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/37
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/38
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/01
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/02
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/03
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/04
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/05
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/06
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/07
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/08
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/09
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/0i
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/0ii
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/0iii
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/0iv
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/0v
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/41
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/42
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/43
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/44
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/45
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/46
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/47
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/48
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/49
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/50
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/51
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http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/53
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http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/57
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/58
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/59
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/60
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/61
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/62
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/63
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/64
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/65
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/66
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/0v2
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/0VI
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/0VII
http://manifestoofneoconservatism.blog.com/
http://diplomacyofcivilizations.blog.com/
http://clashofreligions.blog.com/
http://constitutionindia.blogstream.com/
http://neoconservatism.blogstream.com/
http://clearblogs.com/indianconstitution /
http://clearblogs.com/neoconservativeparty/
http://neoconservatism.manicfish.com/
http://members.nowpublic.com/neoconsusa/
http://www.xanga.com/kalkigaur/
http://kalki.newsvine.com/
http://www.clearblogs.com/diplomacyofcivilizations/
http://neoconservatism.blogstream.com/
KALKI GAUR BLOGS AT GOOGLEPAGES
© 2006 Copyrights All Rights Reserved Author: KALKI GAUR
Kalki Gaur Books are as follows:
Kalki Gaur, “GLOBAL CLASH OF RACES” (2006)
Kalki Gaur, “DIPLOMACY OF CIVILIZATIONS” (2006)
Kalki Gaur, “MANIFESTO OF NEOCONSERVATISM” (2006)
Kalki Gaur, “HINDU HOLY GITA – MOKSA VIA RELIGIOUS WARS” (2006)
Kalki Gaur, “DA VINCI CODE AS CLASH OF RELIGIONS” (2006)
Kalki Gaur, “GLOBAL CLASH OF RELIGIONS” (2006)
Kalki Gaur, “GNOSTIC BIBLE” (2006)
Kalki Gaur, “POPULIST MANIFESTO” (2006)
The complete text of 5,000 pages of Books by Kalki Gaur available for free download at following Kalki Blogs for academic and non-commercial usage.
http://360.yahoo.com/gaurkalki ;
http://360.yahoo.com/clashofreligions ;
http://360.yahoo.com/diplomacyofcivilizations ;
http://clearblogs.com/kalkigaur/ ;
http://kalkigaur.blogstream.com/ ;
http://my.opera.com/kalkigaur/blog/ ;
http://my.opera.com/kalkitv/blog/ ;
http://indiatalking.com/blog/kalkigaur/ ;
http://diplomacyofcivilizations.blog.com/ ;
http://kalki.newsvine.com/
http://kalkimail.googlepages.com/1
http://kalkigaur.googlepages.com/1
© 2006 Kalki Gaur Copyrights All Rights Reserved, Email: kalkimail@gmail.com

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