“No Reformation for Islam, Please” [CHURCH and STATE]

My “No Reformation for Islam, Please” is now republished at Britain’s Church and State site:

“Islam needs reforming but definitely not a Reformation.

“The history matters here, so consider first what the Reformation activists were fighting against. During the Renaissance, the dominant Catholic religion had become worldly. Its thinkers read the naturalistic Greeks and Romans and began to emulate them. The quest for sex, money, and power replaced the ascetic Christian mandates of chastity, poverty, and obedience. Consequently, abuses occurred up and down the Church hierarchy – from orgies in the Vatican to base politicking and bloody war-making and the crass selling of indulgences to pay for all of the high living.

“So the major Protestants – Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and others – were calling for Christian Europe to abandon its wicked ways, to purify itself, and to return to fundamental Christianity.”

Read more here.

[Related: “Is Religion Worth Arguing About?” and my other articles at CHURCH and STATE.]

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