The Story of Faith

by MT

“Religion, it must be understood, is not faith. Religion is the story of faith… Religion is concerned not with genuine history, but with sacred history, which does not course through time like a river. Rather, sacred history is like a hollowed tree whose roots dig deep into primordial time and whose branches weave in and out of genuine history with little concern for the boundaries of space and time.”

“One could argue that the clash of monotheisms is the inevitable result of monotheism itself… Missionary activity, while commendable for providing health and education to the impoverished throughout the world, is nonetheless predicated on the belief that there is but one path to God, and that all other paths lead toward sin and damnation.”

“…some evangelical institutions now teach their missionaries to ‘go undercover’ in the Muslim world by taking on Muslim identities, wearing Muslim clothing (including the veil), even fasting and praying as Muslims. At the same time, the United States government has encouraged large numbers of Christian aid organizations to take an active role in rebuilding the infrastructures of Iraq and Afghanistan in the wake of the two wars, giving ammunition to those who seek to portray the occupation of those countries as a second Crusade of Christians against Muslims.” (Reza Aslan, No god but God, xvi-xviii.)