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Teddy Roosevelt reflects on inter-religious dialogue

By Diogenes (articles - email) | Oct 27, 2006

From his 1916 book, Fear God and Take Your Part:

  • The 7th century Christians of Asia and Africa...had trained themselves not to fight, whereas the Moslems were trained to fight.
  • Christianity was saved in Europe solely because the peoples of Europe fought the Mohammedans who invaded...
  • From the hammer of Charles Martel to the sword of Sobieski, Christianity owed its safety in Europe to the fact it...would fight as well as the Mohammedan aggressor.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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  • Posted by: Marty01 - Sep. 28, 2010 12:34 AM ET USA

    I've heard someone say the pope came from 'Barbaria.'

  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 25, 2010 11:18 AM ET USA

    Knowing most schools, his book is probably required reading for students (have to increase sales somehow) - he is the dean, afterall.

  • Posted by: dmva9806 - Sep. 24, 2010 9:27 PM ET USA

    How else is an ambitious professor to rise to the heights at a Jesuit university? Certainly not by agreeing with the teachings of the Church - that's the kiss of death. Have mercy on the poor guy! Even if he knows better, he does not dare to admit to it, that would take more fortitude than most intellectuals can muster.

  • Posted by: parochus - Sep. 23, 2010 6:13 PM ET USA

    It's only a matter of time before Father Massa and his ilk have achieved Brenschluss, if they haven't already. Here's to gravity's rainbow.

  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 23, 2010 3:29 PM ET USA

    Massa is a Jebbie, it's not necessary that he get anything right. Too bad that students at BC are subject to this, though.

  • Posted by: Saint Jimbob of the Apokalypse - Sep. 23, 2010 1:53 PM ET USA

    None so blind...

  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2010 1:31 PM ET USA

    The important thing is that the takeover was peaceful.