That’s according to the Most Rev. Dr. Rowan Williams.
Actually, it’s something we already knew — Christianity is offensive to Islam. But Dr. Williams seems to find himself in agreement with the offended Muslims.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has finally cut to the chase. He’s come out of the closet with an archiepiscopal opinion about the value of his own putative faith. The body of Christ has been judged in the balance by Dr. Williams, and found wanting.
According to today’s Daily Mail:
Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘Christian doctrine is offensive to Muslims’
Christian doctrine is offensive to Muslims, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.
Dr Rowan Williams also criticised Christianity’s history for its violence, its use of harsh punishments and its betrayal of its peaceful principles.
His comments came in a highly conciliatory letter to Islamic leaders calling for an alliance between the two faiths for ‘the common good’.
Does he really not know his audience? Is he that ignorant?
These are people for whom the stoning of women is public entertainment. They behead apostates, for crying out loud! And they’re offended by Christian violence?
Needless to say, internal CofE politics are playing a part in the Good Doctor’s pronouncements:
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But it risked fresh controversy for the Archbishop in the wake of his pronouncement earlier this year that a place should be found for Islamic sharia law in the British legal system.
Dr Williams is also facing immense pressures from inside his own Church of England and Anglican Communion.
A gathering of Anglican bishops from around the world, which begins today, is on the brink of a devastating split over whether homosexuality and gay clergy should win their approval.
So the liberal wing of the Anglican Communion, as represented by the Archbishop of Canterbury, is facing trouble within the ranks from people who actually hold Christian beliefs.
The liberal response? To reach out to the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims and call for protection.
It’s pre-emptive dhimmitude, if you ask me:
The Archbishop’s letter is a reply to feelers to Christians put out by Islamic leaders from 43 countries last autumn.
In it, Dr Williams said violence is incompatible with the beliefs of either faith and that, once that principle is accepted, both can work together against poverty and prejudice and to help the environment.
Poverty, prejudice, and the environment. Uh-huh. Islam’s got a really good track record on those issues.
And where does he get the notion that violence is incompatible with Islam? Is there a special translation of the Koran made just for the Anglican hierarchy, one that elides the… ahem… more indelicate passages?
But it gets worse:
He also said the Christian belief in the Trinity — that God is Father, Son and Holy Ghost at the same time — ‘is difficult, sometimes offensive, to Muslims’.
Trinitarian doctrine conflicts with the Islamic view that there is just one all-powerful God.
Dr Williams added: ‘It is all the more important for the sake of open and careful dialogue that we try to clarify what we do and do not mean by it, and so I trust that what follows will be read in this spirit.’
As I read it, the head of the Church of England is calling for the repudiation of the Doctrine of the Trinity.
Have we entered a Brave New World, or what?
The Archbishop said that faiths which reject the use of violence should learn to defend each other in their mutual interest.
Which faiths reject the use of violence? How many Christian bishops, priests, ministers, pastors, deacons, and preachers have recently called from the pulpit for the killing of non-Christians? C’mon, name three!
The Great Anglican Schism is at hand:
A number of conservative and evangelical Anglican bishops are poised to break away from the 400-year-old network of Anglican churches around the world because they believe homosexual behaviour is incompatible with Christian principles.
Among those expected to boycott the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury is Dr Nazir-Ali, whose seat in Rochester is just 20 miles away.
If you were an Anglican, which boat would you like to clime aboard? The one full of people who believe in the doctrines and traditions of the Christian faith, or the one that’s heading for some serious Muslim outreach?
The Titanic or the lifeboats: your choice.