Skip to comments.The Islamist Spring and the West’s Decline
Posted on 09/04/2013 7:16:59 PM PDT by marshmallow
An interview with Robert R. Reilly
Robert R. Reilly is a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council. He has taught at the National Defense University and has written for the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Claremont Review of Books, and the Washington Post. He has served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President (1983-85) and was Senior Advisor for Information Strategy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (2002-06). He is a former director of the Voice of America and is a member of the board of the Middle East Media Research Institute. Mr. Reilly is the author of Surprised by Beauty: A Listeners Guide to the Recovery of Modern Music (2002). His most recent book, The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis, was published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in 2010.
Alvino-Mario Fantini: You recently wrote a best-selling book entitled The Closing of the Muslim Mind, which raises the question: How do we re-open the Muslim mind?
Robert R. Reilly: I had the opportunity of asking one of the premier intellectual Muslim reformers the question: If I could give you all the resources you would need, personnel and money, and a 20-year period, tell me what you would do to turn around the Muslim world. And he paused and thought for a minute, and then he said, I would re-Hellenize it. And that, of course, is the message in Pope Benedict XVIs  Regensburg Lecture.
This man, who was from a very prominent Syrian familydeeply learned both in Islam and Western philosophyknew exactly the nature of the problem and there are any number of other Muslim intellectuals like him who do as well. The problem is theyre mostly living in exile because its too dangerous for them to propose......
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The other problem in Islam is in its revelation. I would say the foundation of our civilization is in the [Book of] Genesis: that we are made in the image and likeness of God. That image and likeness is in our rationality and our free will, and I believe that that revelation, and the theology that developed from it, is what allowed the notion of popular sovereignty to be developed in the West. It is not against that theology to say: man is sovereign. In Islam, sovereignty belongs to God alone. Man is not sovereign because he is not made in the image and likeness of God and to suggest that he is is blasphemy.
My wife is from Spain and she came from a family of nine children. Each branch of the family on both sides came from comparably large families. Now her peers back in Spain are sort of shocked that she has four children because none of them have more than one or two. So in the space of basically a generation, or a generation and a half, the demographics of Spain have collapsed as they have in Italy and most of Europe.
I go to Slovenia for a conference mostly every year and here is this cute little countrylike a version of Switzerlandwith only a million people, and theyre disappearing because theyre way below the replacement level. So, the will to even generate, to sustain, to pass on, is gone.
Its staggering to contemplate this willful self-dissolution of yourself and your culture and your civilization.
We have not declined. We have been attacked from within. We are slowly awaking but I think too late.
Thank you! Wonderfully lucid. Dovetails precisely with Benedict XVI Regensburg Lecture, which needs to be re-read and re-discussed about now as we stand on the precipice of the assassination of the good archduke and his lovely wife.
Muslims marry first cousins at a frightening rate, about 50% of all marriages. This goes back dozens of generations. Imagine a married couple sharing the same set of grandparents. And those grandparents sharing the same set of grandparents. Great Britain’s health system is strained to take care of all the unhealthy offspring of the inbred Paki families...but the nasty habit of incest explains a lot.
I think it is too late.
Keep a close eye on the global south because it is fromt there that the Christian missionaries are being sent to the west to bring the good news of the Gospel.
Thanks for the article. Its interesting to note the birth rate in russia is increasing.