The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Friday, October 14, 2005
North Africa was once a vital Christian stronghold: a bastion of Christian culture. It was the region of scholars in Alexandria and of Augustine and his circle. Then Islam happened and in less than 100 years the church was snuffed out.

Wil; history repeat itself in Europe? William Murchison asks this question in a recent Touchstone article.

Here's a snippet:

The first is a strong suggestion in the Lord’s words that what’s wanted from the Church of God, in its relationship to the world, is stark clarity, and a certain boldness. What kind of religious enterprise are a bunch of fishermen likely to get going in the Greco-Roman world, lacking some confidence in the ultimate triumph of Jesus Christ the Messiah over Jupiter and Apollo and Venus and the whole marble-visaged crew positioned atop the physical and metaphysical heights of that world?

Yes, where was this Christ business going? Couldn’t it cause trouble—such as getting you nailed head-down to a cross or treated to other imperial inducements to religious quietism? What was this, though? The gates of hell would not prevail against you. You might just have a fighting chance. Indeed, given the authority with which these memorable words were delivered—though the voice must have been characteristically even in tone—you might have a sure thing. Not painless—sure and certain (as the old Anglican burial service would have it). That would make up for a great deal, it seems easy enough to say with proper distance from all the uproar.