Letter to the Editor
The New Haven Register
Dean Sterling informs me , " I am not convinced that eschatology is the issue with those who embrace a jihad. You should know that we have been working with the UN to try to remove religion as a rationale/cause for extreme violence. We held a quiet workshop for
and the US State Department
last fall and had a panel session at the UN this fall. Eschatology has not been
the focus of these nor is it likely to be in the future." Iran
Graeme Wood in a September Atlantic article "What does ISIS want?" describes such bridge-building efforts by Muslims in concert with Christians as naïve, "a cotton-candy view of . . .religion ' in the words of
Islamic scholar Bernard Haykel.
Mr. Wood continues, "Many denials of the Islamic State’s religious nature ... are rooted in [what Haykel calls] “interfaith-Christian-nonsense tradition.”
Dean Sterling, Graeme Wood and Bernard Haykal, see the trees but not the forest: All religions which include Armageddon as a belief-system, are throwing gasoline on the inflamed minds of wannabe martyrs, terrified of eternal torment and hungry for eternal bliss.
Religious scholars need to acknowledge their cotton candy complicity in this dangerous scenario by minimizing the role of religion in turning believers into killers, at
, at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, at the
marathon, at a Fort Hood Colorado Army compound and in a San Bernadino special
needs facility staff gathering. Boston
Armageddon should be banished from the religious canon as a paranoid delusion, not taught as benign theological embroidery.Paul D. Keane