National Review Considers Islam?
Is National Review falling for the standard Islamic propaganda? A recent article, by Mustafa Akyol, spins the usual “we’re just a religion like yours” party line to appeal to the dhimmi-type conservatives that lurk in the halls of National Review. Of course, he makes no mention of the warrior origin of Islam and the centrality of jihad in Islamic history. Instead, Akyol suggests conservatives in the West can win the hearts and minds of Muslims if they change their society and get rid of …
Akyol regurgitates the standard conceptual confusion that's common at National Review (he’s studied them well.) First, he implicitly equates naturalism with materialism by the usual false alternative of supernaturalism vs. soulless materialism. But what about Aristotle? Aristotle saw ethics and teleology as natural and he accepted the universe as eternal. At the same time Aristotle opposed the arch materialist/reductionist Democritus.
Let’s remember that Islam got rid of Aristotle just before the West adopt his worldview and thereby set the stage for the Renaissance. Of course, contemporary secularists have also turned their back on Aristotle, and that’s problem with philosophy, today. Perhaps, it’s time for conservatives to realize that not all naturalism is the materialist, reductionist, determinist, relativist, collectivist kind prevalent in today’s university. Islam is an excellent example of a religion that found no room for Aristotle but so is the post-modern nihilism all too common in today's university.