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Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West

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For many Americans the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, was the first time they had considered Islam. Were the terrorists motivated by the true dictates of their religion, or had they hijacked Islam as well as the planes in a political cause unrelated to the teachings of Muhammad?

Christianity, Islam, and Atheism argues that Islam is a religion of con
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Ignatius Press (first published October 1st 2012)
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John Seymour
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: islamism
I struggled with how to rate this book and settled on 4 stars, though 3.5 is probably more accurate. Another recent reviewer was quite severe and though I disagree with their ultimate assessment, I understand and share some of their concerns. This is not an academic assessment and critique of of Islam and the Koran. It is a book intended for Christians, and assumes, probably reasonably, that many of them, if not most, are abjectly ignorant both on their faith and on Islam, not to mention the nat ...more
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Somewhere deep down inside here there is an interesting book. The author does bring up some legitimate questions and concerns, and he does occasionally provide appropriate and meaningful courses of action. But any truth that the author may have been speaking gets overwhelmed by the objectionable attitude and style of the book. The writing has a talk-radio feel, and its rants are very repetitive. There is also an unnecessary defensiveness about Christianity to go along with its sweeping, bombasti ...more
William F
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A well documented account of how atheism and Multiculturalism is leading to the decline of the western civilization. The loss of a Judo Christian foundation of faith will leave a void that Islam will fill.

The enlightenment (starting in the 17th century) was based on religious values and to be sustained the Christian faith base must be continued. Human dignity and gender equality are among the many ideals of the western enlightenment. The author explains how the faith values of the Judo Christia
Scott Kennedy
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

Kilpatrick explores the danger the West faces from Islam. He demonstrates how Secularisms attack on Christianity is removing the last bulwark against Islamisation of the West.

Particularly interesting was the chapter on the Koran. Kilpatrick believes the Koran to be an obvious fake, and the portrayal of Jesus to be an obvious polemic against the historical Jesus as portrated by the earlier Christian gospels.

A key quote that stuck in my mind was this one. "Ev
Tom Wascoe
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The Struggle for the Soul of the West" is an appropriate title. The author tells the story of Islam from the standpoint of a war-either violent jihad terrorism or subtle jihad as the Muslims attempt to use the multiculturalism trend in modern America and Europe to defeat Christianity. The author has a solid knowledge of the Koran and of various books about the Koran. He emphasizes that Islam means "submission" and the Muslims will not be satisfied till the whole world is Muslim either by conque ...more
Richard Jones
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Part Current Events, part Politics, part Theology, and part Apologetics, this is a pretty good survey of the issues confronting the West. I have read several works from various authors on the topics Kilpatrick addresses, so I can't say I really learned much that is new. Still, it would be quite helpful for someone wants to begin thinking through these important matters. ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. A must read in order to get an accurate, truthful, balanced view of Islam, its beliefs, motives, and goals.
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A definite eye opener!
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
A little bit dated, but a lot of information is still relevant. I read this to try to get some insight as to why liberals seem to ignore all of the illiberal characteristics of Islam. The author's contention is that Islam and liberals are allies because of their common enemy Christianity. That could be part of it, but seems to me there is likely more to the story. Not that it really matters, because the demographic trends seem unstoppable. ...more
Santeri Marjokorpi
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yhteiskunta, teologia
Kilpatrick väittää, että islam ei ole rauhan uskonto kuten usein väitetään, vaan se pyrkii valloittamaan koko maailman. Radikaali-islamia ja maltillista islamia ei ole hänen mukaansa helppo erottaa, sillä molemmilla on sama päämäärä. Kumpikin islamin muoto on poliittista ja selkeässä ristiriidassa länsimaisten arvojen kanssa. Lännessä monikulttuurisuus ja ateistinen sekularismi pelaavat molemmat islamin pussiin ja edistävät sen leviämistä. Nämä aatteet tekevät sen, koska eivät tunne islamia, vaa ...more
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read. At first I wasn't sure what to make of it, but once Kilpatrick begins to make his thesis clear (for their own good and the good of everyone else, Muslims should stop being Muslim), it was a well-supported, articulate presentation without being overly polemical. While Kilpatrick is also unsparing in his criticism of Christians, he presents essentially a Christian perspective on many of the world's problems. I have read many such books and this one is among the best of its genre ...more
Lisa Smith
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great introductory book on the threat of Islam in North America. It will certainly make you think differently.
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William Kilpatrick is the author of several books, including Psychological Seduction and Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong. His articles on Islam have appeared in Investor's Business Daily, FrontPage Magazine, Jihad Watch, Catholic World Report, the National Catholic Register, World, and other publications. Professor Kilpatrick, who taught for many years at Boston College, lectures frequently ...more

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