The Enlightenment or Shariah; Two Catholics debate Islam

Peter Kreeft and Robert Spencer, two fantastic and well recognized Catholic apologists, met in a debate in 2010 in which they discussed the merits (or de-merits) of Islam. They both have a warm affection for each other, being related as student and teacher, and also as friends. That warmness comes through so clearly in their treatment of each other’s arguments that it makes for a spectacularly pleasurable listening experience to observe these two giants meet in debate. The debate is essentially over two contentions upheld by Robert Spencer, and denied by Peter Kreeft: 1) that the only good Muslim is a bad Muslim, and 2) that Islam is a much greater threat to us than the Enlightenment. The discussion represents an in-house exploration of Islam from a Catholic perspective, and for that reason alone it is bound to be profoundly interesting. I’m not yet sure with whom I entirely agree, but I want to invite everyone to take a listen to it here.

On the one hand, Robert Spencer seems singularly unaware that in Islam there is at least some imprint or icon of Christianity, as the Scriptures say: “He has not left himself without a witness” Acts 14:17. On the other hand, Peter Kreeft seems charitable to a fault.


About tylerjourneaux

I am an aspiring Catholic theologian and philosopher, and I have a keen interest in apologetics. I am creating this blog both in order to practice and improve my writing and memory retention as I publish my thoughts, and in order to give evidence of my ability to understand and communicate thoughts on topics pertinent to Theology, Philosophy, philosophical theology, Catholic (Christian) Apologetics, philosophy of religion and textual criticism.
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