Pope Benedict XVI – that speech

Much has been written in the media concerning an excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI’s recent speech at Regensburg which cited a medieval Byzantine emperor’s less than favourable view of the Islamic practice of “conversion by the sword.” I don’t propose to discuss this, but merely to point a very thoughtful treatment by Gil Baillie of the speech and the reaction it has provoked. It is on his blog at http://cornerstone-forum.blogspot.com/ ( now archived under September 15th, 2006).

Gil Baillie is the author of the ground-breaking work, Violence Unveiled, applying the insights of the anthropologist, Renee Girard, to the implications of the applied gospel of Jesus Christ.

Published by wonderingpilgrim

Okay Boomer - that I am. But not one of them know-it-all ones! Still learning that the more I know, the more I have yet to learn. What I do know, however, I know well.

2 thoughts on “Pope Benedict XVI – that speech

  1. Hi Dennis
    Have just tripped across your blog;I’ve been in Europe during the past few weeks and followed much of the discussion following the Pope’s comments on Islam.
    You made a link across to what you called “very thoughtful comment”.
    One of those comments refers to “the first commendment of multiculturalism is:thou shalt hate christianity and judaism….”.
    As one who’s ministry has been grounded in multiculturalism in Australia.Christians,Jews,Muslims,atheists,communists,liberals and Greens have been integrally involved in the development of multiculturalism.Theres no such commandment in either Australian multiculturalism or in the various european notions of multiculturalism
    An understanding of multiculturalism Dennis,will not come from the Pipes or the Fjordmans.


  2. Hi Alan

    You’ve drawn my attention to a glitch in the link. The actual series of essays I was referring to is now archived on Baillie’s blog – you have to look for the entry under September 15th.

    My experience of multiculturalism in Australia, of course, is similar to yours and I have worked happily in many cross-cultural situations. I am aware of no such “first commandment.”


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