is the title of an article in “The Daily Standard” by Joseph Loconte which critiques Wright’s critique of the war on terror. Very interesting analysis of Wright’s thought on the issue.
Loconte is the author of The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler’s Gathering Storm and he sees the need for religious leaders to confront the threat of our day, Islamic fascism. N. T. Wright, he says, has failed to respond appropriately to the rise of Islamic fascism, instead directing his ire at the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom who are prosecuting the war on terror. The article concludes as follows:
N.T. Wright’s instinctive hatred of war is surely admirable: It is not for nothing that Jesus included “blessed are the peacemakers” among his beatitudes, or that it continues to inspire the faithful across religious traditions. Nevertheless, Wright’s angry and simplistic utterances against military action threaten to confuse Christianity with a partisan agenda. The great sorrow of the bishop from Durham is that by politicizing the gospel–even in the name of peace–he may actually discourage many from responding to its offer of grace and genuine peace, peace with God.
It all brings to mind again Frodo’s lament over the intrusion into his world of a new Shadow of Evil. I wish it need not have happened in my time. Something like this shadow, something unspeakably malevolent, has appeared and taken root in Islamic societies. We must debate the most prudent and just ways to confront it. We must be vigilant about our own inclinations toward injustice and learn from the mistakes of arrogance already made. Yet we cannot appease this darkness, rationalize it away, or wish it had not happened in our time. It has happened.
What we must now decide–what only the work of enlightened preaching and sober statesmanship can help us decide–is what to do with the time given to us as we seek to overcome it.
To read the article in its entirety, click here.
Denny Burk also addressed this issue several months ago in relation to an article released then in First Things critiquing Wright’s lecture on “Where is God in the ‘War on Terror’?”