Will St. Peterís Basilica
Become a Mosque?
Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio
Around the year 600 AD, north Africa was a Christian heartland, with Alexandria Egypt one of the most prominent seats of Christianity. By 711 AD, it had become a Moslem empire.
For a 1,000 years the greatest Church in Christendom was not St. Peters Basilica in Rome, but Holy Wisdom (Haggia Sophia) Basilica in Constantinople, cathedral of the Patriarch second only to the Pope in prestige. In 1453 Constantinople became Istanbul, and Haggia Sophia became a mosque.
These transformations were the result of military conquests. But Europe will soon become a largely Muslim continent -- without a fight. Watch this video and understand what is happening. The trend is indisputable. The implications for the Americas are clear. There are solutions, but a two prong strategy must be adopted immediately -- every Christian must become an evangelizer, and we must fight against the contraceptive mentality that sees pregnancy as a problem and children as a burden. And, finally, learn about Islam -- it is a must in the increasingly Islamic world we and our children will be living in (see the resources below).
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Islam Exposed - Audio CD series by Tim Staples
In the hard-hitting, four-CD series Islam Exposed: The Crescent in Light of the Cross, nationally known Catholic author and apologist, Tim Staples, "takes the gloves off" and provides important insights on Islam from his profound biblical knowledge, profuse research, and his own personal experience of having lived as a Christian in a society under Islamic law. But be warned, this tape set can't afford to be "politically correct" because the lure of Islamic Fundamentalism is enticing vulnerable people away from the Faith with simplistic answers to the spiritual bankruptcy of modern life.
Islam and Christianity - CD by Father Mitch Pacwa and Daniel Ali
Rev. Mitchell Pacwa, S.J. and Daniel Ali give a comprehensive introduction to Islam, presenting the fundamentals of the faith from a Muslim perspective. They explain Islamic beliefs as well as the Koran and Mohammed's Tradition, to help Christians dialogue with their Muslim friends in a respectful, though informed manner. They cover the do's and don'ts for Christians when speaking with Muslims about their Faith.
Islam Friend of Foe?
Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda have made us all wonder. Does the religion Islam condone such horrible violence, or is this a distortion of the faith of Mohammed? Is Islam, with its faith in one God and strong moral code, a friend of Christianity, or an inevitable foe? What do Muslims believe about Jesus? Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? These and more pressing questions are answered in this lively talk by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio.
Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics by Daniel AliWith the terrorist attacks of September 11, the war with Iraq, and the ongoing crisis plaguing the Holy Land, Islam is in the news now more than ever. Yet most Catholics know little about this formidable faith. Now thereís a book on Islam written specifically for Catholics.