"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Who are the MODERATE in ISLAM?

Response of Farid Ghadry to a comment. He asks:

"...who is a moderate? How do you define moderation in Islam? Is it the Muslim who prays but does not apply Shariah? Is it the Muslim who applies Shariah but is willing to accept the others? Is it the Muslim who is secular but respects his Islam as well all other religions? Is it the Muslim who accepts money from the extremists but remains loyal to his sect or the four schools of Islam? Is it the Muslim who is spiritual and non-political? Or is it the Muslim who is political but speaks of moderation? What about Taqiyeh? How do you reconcile the real from the fake?
I myself find it difficult to categorize who is a moderate Muslim? I can only hope that there are still many Muslims who knows when to become a human being more than being a religious.

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