Thursday, August 18, 2005

Sorry For My Absence

If you have been wondering where I have been, thanks! I have been working hard of late and had NO time for blogging. So I'm trying to get caught up before Marquette begins on Aug. 29! Arg!

I also promised Polanco that I would come up with a comparison between Islam and Christianity. I'll be blogging this weekend. So, in the meantime, read Mohammed and Mohammedanism from New Advent if you want an overall view. We can then draw a comparison between it and Christianity. I want to do this in lieu of our current world situation with my focus being the inadequacies of secularism in dealing with the threat of fundamentalist Islam.

Happy reasoning!


At 4:55 PM, Blogger Bill R said...

This is a good factual article, but the best analysis of Islam I've read was in the book "Heresies," by Hilaire Belloc. It's a Catholic perspective, but one I also subscribe to. Belloc convincingly argues that Islam is a Christian heresy!

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Bill R said...

As I read further down the blog, I think that "The Great Heresy" article is the chapter I referred to in Belloc's book.

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Underground Logician said...

I would agree with you on Belloc. He is a superb historian. I also found his book "The Crusades" is also excellently done, with the rather "novel" idea that the Crusades were actual wars! They were not the means to convert Muslims, as many in our post-modern wasteland believe.

At 7:34 PM, Blogger Isabella di Pesto said...

Dear UL,

I just read your post on my blog, Progressive Eruptions.

I do not "hate" George W. Bush. But I do disagree with his policies and all that he and his administration stands for.

Welcome back and I hope you have a very successful year at Marquette.

Also, may I direct you to another blog site run by a very Christian man (about your age) who has a strong background in theology as well, but comes from a totally different perspective.

Check him out. I've sent him to your blog site to read your posts. You two would have some very interesting conversations.

The blog name is "Now That It's Now" and the address is:

And please come to Isabella's blog at The Hungry Blogger and have something delicious to eat!

At 9:08 AM, Blogger United We Lay said...

Hey, I just want to thank you for the infinite patience you show and your truly Christian behavior. I find it comforting that though we disagree, we can still discuss things without making each other angry. Thanks again for your ideas, your friendship, and your patience.

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Underground Logician said...


You are quite welcome. I do apologize for the previous kerfuffle we had back in June. It was not my intent to tell you how to do your blog, i.e., the Fascism comparison you made. I tend sometimes to say things straight but leave myself to wide open for misinterpretation. I need to take greater responsibility to make sure you and others don't feel personally attacked when I have an oppposing viewpoint. I ought to have just passed on that particular post altogether. I did not want to hit too close to home, but apparently I did. So, I will watch it, and ask if you need anything clarified. And if I ever disagree with you, it is never in disrespect. Is that a deal?

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Underground Logician said...


What a gracious response to my adversarial comments! *LOL

You take the cake, girl!

You know, I am grateful to you and others who though we disagree, you continue to teach me the value of politeness and honoring human dignity. I think I have more to learn than what I thought. It reminds me of a poster in a repairshop of a painting company I worked for. It reads, "You can't teach someone something they think they already know." This was put in an area that had usually five or six spray pumps that were carelessly used and damaged by "know-it-all" painters. I think I'm going to post an imaginary poster of the same kind in my brain in the area of humility.

Thanks for dropping by!

At 7:43 AM, Blogger Davo said...

I, also, have some lessons to learn, especially with regards to "politeness' and 'formality'. As you have probably gathered , am Australian, and the National characteristic is very 'informal'.

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Davo said...

P.S. that does not mean that we do not know "how"..

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Underground Logician said...

Ha! Our tendency is to say no!

I think we do know how, unless we grew up with a guardian with the likes of Bill Sykes in "Oliver Twist." Even yet, I think we have an inherent sense of justice, which is where I think politeness and gallantry fit.

Goodday mate!

At 1:06 PM, Blogger United We Lay said...

Absolutely! No need to apologize. I think it was a heated issue. I'm trying to learn how to separate ideas from emotion, and that's not always easy.

At 1:59 PM, Blogger Underground Logician said...

Thank you, Polanco, you are very gracious!

Yes, it is hard to not take things personally. The mind must continually be engaged, eh? Yet, acknowledging it such as you have, helps keep things in line.


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