The Rise and Fall of Islam: Part 1: Overview

The religion and culture of Islam is currently colonising the Western world. We once did the colonising but in the space of a generation everything has reversed. This new development was not in our script. Some call it assimilation, others call it multiculturalism, still others call it a clash of civilisations. But it’s actually much bigger than all of those terms. It’s the history and future of the world. This essay will explain why that is so.

The Islamisation of the West is but a small battle in an epic 1,400 year war for power and control of humanity and the planet. The Islamic worldview has already subdued the Middle East, North East Africa, Central Asia, and parts of South East Asia and South Asia .The war will continue until either Islam wins the planet, or loses to a stronger worldview and disappears. There is no other option.

Genghis Kahn, one of the world’s greatest mass-killers, almost destroyed Islam 800 years ago. European colonialism humiliated Islam 150 years ago; Communism came and then went just 30 years ago. But apart from those three cultural and demographic dents, The Islamic theological, cultural and political empire has been on a path of unrelenting expansion since it mysteriously rose out of Arabia and onto the world stage.

History has forged only one worldview capable of confronting the very well-crafted, all-invasive globally-aspiring worldview of Islam, and it is not Western secularism, evolutionary theory, Hinduism, Buddhism or atheism. It is Islam’s old nemesis, Christianity.

From day one, Islam made it a core goal to subdue the Christian Byzantines, Christian North Africa, newly Christian Persia and then the heartlands of Christian Europe itself. Islam instinctively knew that if it did not subdue Christianity, it would one day be subdued by its great enemy.

In the modern era this war has largely, though not entirely, left its armies behind. It has become a war between the temporal political kingdom, culture, demographic growth, and worldwide imperial ambitions of the Arab god Allah preached by Muhammad, and the spirituality, love, forgiveness, supernatural power and offer of relationship with the Hebrew god Yahweh that was preached by Jesus. This is a battle to the death of the two most powerful worldviews on the planet started by the two most influential men in history. Love verses power. Which one will win?

To understand the future unfolding of this epic war we must first look at the past. Most Westerners do not know their deep history, so let me start with a short summary. Over the last 2,000 years both Christianity and Islam, the two great missionary worldviews, have slowly but surely created the two largest blocks of human culture and ideology on earth. Christianity, in its primitive, Orthodox, Nestorian and Catholic versions had a six hundred year head start and won Europe, North Africa, sections of the Middle East and parts of Central Asia. It even made it to China along the Silk Road. Islam then appeared with the express goal of usurping Christianity and continuing on to world domination (Q 8:39, 9: 29-30, 36, 73, 123, Q 48:28, Q 61:9). It conquered and then destroyed Christianity from all of those arenas except continental Europe. Islam then spread into South Asia, China, South East Asia, East Africa and finally Eastern Europe itself in the Fifteenth Century via Constantinople.

But by that time European Christendom, the somewhat imperfect culture that grew up around Christianity in Europe, was benefiting from the combined winds of Luther’s Reformation, global exploration and increasing scientific advantage over Islam. European powers laid claim to the Americas, the Pacific, Southern Africa and Parts of East Asia. The Christian missionaries and their faith went along for the ride. By 1900AD Christianity had encircled and dominated a very culturally backward Islamic world. Round Two to Christendom.

The Twentieth Century saw the 1,400 year old war delayed by the fleeting distraction of Communism. But as I write, in the early Twenty First Century, the war between the two ideological giants is on again in earnest. In one side we have a Christianity, now largely free from its European colonial and cultural baggage, growing rapidly in East Asia, South America, South Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. On the other side we have an increasingly fundamentalist Islam, with its famously high birth rate, colonising the nearby Post-Christian Western world. The global demographic score card now stands at 32% for Christianity and 23% for Islam.

As a consequence of this 1,400 year-long clash of the titans, large numbers of minor religions have disappeared from the earth. As we speak, the new atheistic religion of Western secularism, which largely banished a culturally enfeebled Christianity, is self-imploding due to the lowest birth rates in history. It therefore presents no long term threat to either Islam or true Christianity on the world stage. The future of the world will be a long, grubby and traumatic battle between a resurgent Islam and a resurgent Christianity. The planet belongs to only one of these religious giants. On appearances Islam looks like being the winner, but looks can be deceiving.

This essay will explore in depth the big-picture history of these worldview giants, with a particular emphasis on Islam; its ideological DNA, its 1,400 year war with Christianity, and its predicted future to the end of the Twenty First Century and beyond. Even though it will be many generations before the war ends, by 2100AD we will begin to see the specific contours of a final resolution. The first shadows of those contours are emerging as we speak, and they are surprising.

Other posts in this series will explore in depth the big-picture history of these worldview giants, with a particular emphasis on Islam; its ideological DNA, its 1,400 year war with Christianity, and its predicted future to the end of the Twenty First Century and beyond. Even though it will be many generations before the war ends, by 2100AD we will begin to see the specific contours of a final resolution. The first shadows of those contours are emerging as we speak, and they are surprising. Future posts will explore the following topics:

 

  1. When and how did the war start?
  2. Islam’s lust for Europe
  3. The era of colonial humiliation
  4. The current state of the battle
  5. Islam will never be a religion of peace
  6. the Qur’an’s teachings guarantee future conflict
  7. Twenty First Century demographics favour Islam
  8. Hurdles facing Islam this century
  9. Christianity is going viral inside Islam
  10. Looking through a glass darkly at the Twenty Second Century
  11. Statistics on Christian growth inside Islam
  12. Final Thoughts