History A Quick Thought
posted by June 19 at 14:07 PMon
What is it that makes Muslims more passionate than Christians? No book, or novel, that contradicted Christian beliefs or morality could inspire such anger, such outrage. Here is a theory. It possibly has to do with the fact that Christianity, born and developed in the Roman world, is all about the end, the last days, revelation, apocalypse. Jesus even hinted that the end was just around the corner, and the fame of many early Christian prophets was made on their fevered claims that the world, meaning Rome, was about to be obliterated. In short, Christianity is about waiting—waiting for something big to happen, waiting for God.
Now let’s look at Islam. One of its defining features is that it sees itself as the end of a spiritual development. Muslims are more Hegelian than even Hegel. God, the world spirit, first revealed himself to the Jews, then the Christians, and finally them, the Muslims. What this means: Islam is the end of history. Fukuyama thought history ended with fall of the Soviet Union and the final victory of liberal democracy. Hegel thought history ended with him, the mind (or spiritual reflection) of Napoleon. With Islam, it is itself the result of a world process: it’s a faith that’s completed and complete. This sense of completeness might be the source of its most heated passions. Christians cant be so passionate because all they are doing is waiting around for something big to happen. (Christian fundamentalism is essentially an effort to give Christians something to do in the world they are waiting in.) No waiting for Muslims. What happens now, what happens in this world, is finally happening.