Chuck Colson

We saw this process in action this summer in London. The home-grown terrorists didn’t turn to radical Islam because they were poor or oppressed—they weren’t. They were motivated by a religious and moral vision they couldn’t get anywhere else—at least not from the scraps of Enlightenment-based thinking that pass for culture in much of the West.

Remember, too, that Sayyid Qutab, the Egyptian radical whose writings so influence Osama bin Laden, blamed the West’s decline on the lack of Christian influence in society. Islam, he said, would have to take over where Christianity failed. Well, protecting ourselves from any threat must begin with an appreciation of our vulnerabilities, especially when our adversaries point out for us our own weaknesses. No amount of economic prosperity and military “know how” can compensate for the lack of moral vision and purpose so needed today. And that, my friends, puts the challenge right on our doorstep.

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Christopher Dickey, “ Christendom’s Return ,” Newsweek, 7 August 2005 .

Charles Colson with Anne Morse, “ The Moral Home Front ,” Christianity Today, October 2004. (Reprinted by BreakPoint Online.)

John L. Allen Jr., “ The Vatican and Islam ,” National Catholic Reporter, 29 July 2005 .

Associated Press, “ Pope Benedict appeals for end to terror attacks ,”, 21 August 2005 .

Pope ends World Youth Day with mass for 1m ,” Expatica, 22 August 2005 .

Ian Fisher, “ Pope calls on Christians, Muslims to fight terrorism ,” San Francisco Chronicle, 21 August 2005 .

Richard Bernstein, “ What Is Free Speech, and What Is Terrorism?New York Times, 14 August 2005 . (Archived article; costs $2.95 to retrieve.)

Greg Krikorian, “ Four Men Indicted for Alleged Terror Plot in Southland ,” Los Angeles Times, 31 August 2005 .

Lawrence F. Kaplan, “ American Idle ,” New Republic, 1 September 2005 .

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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