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Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism: A Call to Action [Hardcover]

By George Weigel (Author)
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Offers a study of the religious passions, convictions, and beliefs that fuel Islamic jihadism, analyzing its theological sources and ideological origins, and shares steps for meeting the challenges of jihadist terrorism that call for a reform of U.S. policy.

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"History must be "made "to march in the direction of genuine human progress; world affairs have no intrinsic momentum that necessarily results in the victory of decency. Maintaining the morale necessary to achieving progress in history requires us to live our lives, today, against a moral horizon of responsibility that is wider and deeper than the quest for personal satisfactions. The future of our civilization does not rest merely on the advance of material wealth and technological prowess; the future of the West turns on the question of whether our spiritual aspirations are noble or base."
--from "Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism"
More than half a decade after 9/11, safe passage through a moment of history fraught with both peril and possibility requires Americans across the political spectrum to see things as they are.
In this incisive, engaging study of the present danger and what we must do to prevail against it, George Weigel, one of America's foremost public intellectuals, does precisely that: he sees, and describes, things as they are--and as they might be. Drawing on a quarter century of experience at the intersection of moral argument and public policy, he describes rigorously and clearly the threat posed by global jihadism: the religiously inspired ideology which teaches that it is the moral obligation of all Muslims to employ whatever means are necessary to compel the world's submission to Islam. Exploring that ideology's theological, social, cultural, and political roots, Weigel points a new direction for both public policy and interreligious dialogue, one that meets the challenge of jihadism forthrightly while creating the conditions for a less threatening, more mutually enriching encounter between Islam and the West.
Essential reading in a time of momentous political decisions, "Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism" is a clarion call for a new seriousness of debate and a new clarity of purpose in American public life.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism: A Call to Action by George Weigel has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christianity Today - 04/01/2008 page 70
  • Kirkus Reviews - 10/15/2007 page 1097
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/22/2007 page 50
  • Booklist - 12/01/2007 page 8
  • Commonweal - 02/15/2008 page 21

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Doubleday Religion
Pages   195
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.48" Width: 5.22" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 26, 2007
Publisher   Doubleday Religion
ISBN  0385523785  
ISBN13  9780385523783  

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More About George Weigel

George Weigel GEORGE WEIGEL, Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington's Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America's foremost commentators on issues of religion and public life. A Newsweek contributor and Vatican analyst for NBC News, Weigel is the author of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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George Weigel currently resides in Bethesda, in the state of Maryland. George Weigel was born in 1951 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC the Ethics and Public.

George Weigel has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Library of Religious Biography
  2. Pennsylvania-German History and Culture Series

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Absolutely first-rate analysis  Jan 27, 2008
There is beginning to be a flood of books about global jihad and the threat it poses to the West. There is almost nothing about what to do about it, how to fight it and win to save the culture the West has created. This superb book by George Weigel suggests 15 steps that will help in this global struggle to keep from being subverted and inundated by a totally alien totalitarian ideology completely at odds with concepts such as the dignity and worth of each individual, the equality of women, freedom of speech, self-determination, democracy, free will, freedom of conscience and freedom of religion.
Educate yourself, but not with this book.  Jan 26, 2008
There are a lot of books on this topic. Be careful what you read. Let's consider the background on this author and a different author. George Weigel is a fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a Catholic Theologian. A different author (and viewpoint on this topic) is Michael Scheuer. Scheuer is the former head of the CIA's Bin Laden Unit with two decades of experience in national security issues related to Afghanistan and South Asia.

I'm not trying to be biased, but if I were going to refer to an authority on this topic, I'd pick Scheuer. Scheuer's book "Imperial Hubris" is a very powerful analysis of this topic, which you should read. Scheuer has also provided a scathing review of Weigel's book (Google for it). Then, make up your mind, but until you get the facts, the other 5 star reviews on here claiming that this is spot-on are just ludicrous.
Thank you Mr. Weigel  Jan 20, 2008
This book is an expansion of a lecture, so it is more like an essay. Brevity does not necessarily mean simplistic. (I'm not sure Mr. McLachlan in Calif. actually read it - everything he said should be addressed was, in fact.) I found it excellent and I wish it could be required reading in churches and schools throughout the U.S.
Re-examining the War on Terror  Jan 12, 2008
George Weigel sees a problem with the War on Terror as we are currently conducting it. Too many people in the United States and Europe (especially the leaders) fail to understand the true motives and ideas that drive the jihadists and this leads us to make tactical mistakes. George Weigel has written this book in an attempt to help us understand what the War on Terror is really all about and how we can win it.

There are fifteen chapters in the book with each one dedicated to a single lesson that the West must learn if we are to successfully defeat the jihadists. These fifteen chapters are divided into three parts: Understanding the Enemy, Rethinking Realism, and Deserving Victory. Weigel's prose in clear as usual and in each chapter the reader is treated to a thoughtful blend of philosophy, political theory, and politics. There are a handful of problems with the book (e.g. his creation of the "unhinged right" seems like an artificial and weak construction thrown in just to provide political balance to his "unhinged left") but overall the book is a useful guide to understanding the struggle America must face if we are to prevail in the War on Terror.

Everyone in America who is unsure about the nature and desires of our enemies should read this book.
Answers the question: "What do we do now"?  Jan 9, 2008
For people who have read Bernard Lewis, Victor Davis Hanson, and Robert Spencer, they might ask what does George Weigel have to say that hasn't already been said? The answer is "a great deal". This is a book that is helpful in identifying what parts of the conventional wisdom are wrong and why. It is logically organized into "lessons" (1) The great human questions, include the great questions of public life are ultimately theological. (These lessons are not assumed but explained and carefully argued). (10) In the war against global jihadism, deterrence strategies are unlikely to be effective, because is almost impossible to deter those who are committed to their own martyrdom. (14) Victory in the war against global jihadism requires a new domestic political coalition that is proof against the confusions caused by the Unhinged Left and the Unhinged Right. It is up to the United States to defend the West, and every American voter should be educated by this book and how it can be done.

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