Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism
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With an unsettled Middle East, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups actively plotting against America and its allies, and spillover from religious conflict in Muslim countries spreading instability and violence worldwide, George Weigel’s Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism is an acute analysis of one of the most dynamic forces in world politics today – Islamist jiha...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Image (first published December 26th 2007)
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Jeremy
Very good look at the problems we are up against. Weigel does a great job breaking it all down in just a few pages. He also offers a plan for victory. Very good book. Here is an amazing quote that will give some insights into Weigel's argument: In discussing Islam, he writes that "But wherever we locate the origin of the inertia, Islamic religious authorities eventually became nervous about such philosophical speculations; and that nervousness, combined with Islam's traditional sense of self-suf...more
Todd
Overall a very good read; it is not dated by any means, but given the continuing turmoil in the world, and the continuation of Islamically-inspired violence in particular, the book is well worth reading. Weigel is at his best when addressing issues from an intellectual standpoint, calling for a review of our current way of framing problems and solutions, and offering practical advise for our modern philosophy. Where Weigel gets a bit tangled up is when he proceeds to more hands-on, practical ste...more
Bojan Tunguz
I am a long time admirer of George Weigel, and have been following many of his insightful articles in "First Things" and "Commentary," and hence I was very excited to get a hold of his latest book "Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism." From his earlier works like "The Cube and the Cathedral" I have come to expect a highly critical and well argued, incisive, prose and this book does not disappoint. The arguments and the prose in this latest book have been streamlined, each one of the poin...more
Joe
This book is intended for someone who is very well educated (a lot more than me) and extremely knowledgeable in the subjects of religion and international affairs, in particular. The author takes a very harsh stance against jihadists, and muslims in general. A lot of his points make sense, but in a lot of ways many of them do not have a practical application.
Regardless, it was well written, very well researched, and very interesting.
Amy
A good and necessary book. Perhaps a bit dated. I would be interested to know how the situation in the Middle East has changed with the Arab Springs. I found his Lesson 13 out of nowhere and my entire discussion group agreed that it was rather badly thought through.
A bit dated, a bit naive, this book ultimately has many truths.
Skip Coale
Straight forwaerd analysis of Juhadism. Not restatement of Politically Correct rationalizations. But rather a candid examination of the driving forces for the current confilct looking at the Muslems, their religion but also critically looking at the history and experiences including the Crusades.
Bethany
This is a short book about the War on Terror - it's the usual neoconservative line but with a Catholic angle. It's organized into a series of lessons, most of which are true, but the issues are treated pretty superficially. This would be a good introduction to the topic, but that's about it.
Diane
This book, written by a Catholic theologian, is a meditation on Western conflict with radical Islam from a Christian point of view. Weigel makes a lot of interesting points that you are unlikely to see elsewhere, however, there are areas where I feel that he is relying on a straw man.
Mike
As always, George Weigel writes a good book. This book will give the reader some insight that we live in a very dangerous time.
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American author and political and social activist. Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Weigel was the Founding President of the James Madison Foundation.
Each summer, Weigel and several other Catholic intellectuals from the United States, Poland, and across Europe conduct the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society in Krakow, in which they and an assortment of...more
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