WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?
4.33 out of 5
WHAT ARE POLITICALLY CORRECT INDIVIDUALS SAYING?
Of course, none of them cared to elaborate their claims...
This is a man who has only scanned through Chapter 1.1 of the book, which contains a quick introduction of Western Civilisation, as based on ancient Roman and Greek philosophy, Judeo-Christian values of which the principles from the European Enlightenment play a most important role.
- The book is called How to Debate the Left on Islam and isn't about the fall of the Roman Empire.
- The reviewer is either misrepresenting the content of the book or was unable to grasp the meaning of the short introduction he is trying to bash. Is the part between the brackets supposed to be a quote? It's not. The main point I make in Chapter 1.1 regarding this minor topic is that Christian theocracy and the Roman Catholic Church generally halted progression. Therefore, the European Enlightenment was also a push-back against the church's influence. The most obvious example of this is the invention of secularism, but also principles such as freethinking and freedom of conscience were invented within a historical context in which the church was maintaining a strong influence on the minds of the Europeans. The frequent usage of the word 'free' within the principles from the Enlightenment meant 'free from limitations' and 'free from dogma'. On the other hand, even though the Enlightenment was a push-back against Christian theocracy, Christian principles are still incorporated into our collective psychology as Westerners. So, even though Christianity was reformed, the West is still also described as 'Judeo-Christian', and is so for good reasons.
- The man is referring to the infamous myth of the Islamic Golden Age. This myth is actually thoroughly explained and dealt with in the book, but he hasn't read it, so....
- Trump's victory in the United States and the victory of the Brexit camp in the United Kingdom are only minor events. The culture war is still fully taking place and will probably continue during the next couple of decades. It actually hasn't even really begun in most Western countries.