Yes all fundamentalists feel that in a secular society God has been relegated to the margin to the periphery and they are all in different ways seeking to drag him out of that peripheral position back to center stage.
When violence becomes imbedded in a region then this affects everything. It affects your dreams your fantasies and relationships and your religion becomes violent too.
We have domesticated God’s transcendence. We often learn about God at about the same time as we are learning about Santa Claus but our ideas about Santa Claus change mature and become more nuanced whereas our ideas of God can remain at a rather infantile level.
Today mythical thinking has fallen into disrepute we often dismiss it as irrational and self-indulgent. But the imagination is also the faculty that has enabled scientists to bring new knowledge to light and to invent technology that has made us immeasurably more effective.
Mohammed was not an apparent failure. He was a dazzling success politically as well as spiritually and Islam went from strength to strength to strength.
It’s a great event to get outside and enjoy nature. I find it very exciting no matter how many times I see bald eagles.
Islam is a religion of success. Unlike Christianity which has as its main image in the west at least a man dying in a devastating disgraceful helpless death.
In the holy city of Mecca violence of any kind was forbidden. From the moment they left home pilgrims were not permitted to carry weapons to swat an insect or speak an angry word a discipline that introduced them to a new way of living.
Compassion is a practically acquired knowledge like dancing. You must do it and practice diligently day by day.
A theology should be like poetry which takes us to the end of what words and thoughts can do.