Warriors of the Spirit
[ by Charles Cameron ]
It’s a very different approach…
I’ve been preparing to write up some of the episodes that represent how warm and close relations between Muslims and Christians can at times be – the meeting of St Francis with the Sultan Malik al-Kamil, the period of considerable tolerance and artistic flourishing under Umayyad rule in Cordoba – and I have to say I’m getting very impatient to see this film:
If you would like to understand why the Qur’an (5:82) says:
The nearest to the faithful are those who say “We are Christians. That is because there are priests and monks among them and because they are free of pride.”
May I recommend you either read John Kiser’s The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith. Love and Terror in Algeria — or, when it opens in your part of the world, go see Of Gods and Men. Or both.
Wishing us all peace in the new year, decade, century…
December 31st, 2010 at 6:39 am
These were the Monks slaughtered in the 1990’s in an atrocity that repelled even radical Islamists outside Algeria?
December 31st, 2010 at 8:54 pm
It’s unclear who actually killed the monks — Wikipedia says:
The book doesn’t take a position on who did the deed, and the film focuses on the monks’ discussion of whether or not they should leave Algeria. What’s impressive to me is the love and respect that clearly flowed both ways between these monks and their Muslim neighbors.
But I’ll get into some of the theological angles in a later post — OCSO was Thomas Merton’s order, btw.