RE: Questions for Martin E. Marty, a Scholar of Religion

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    On 10/04/01 11:14, Philip Jonkers said this-

    >Without choosing sides, I believe you are [splitting hairs] Wade, as attack
    >is usually considered the best defense.

    I considered that argument, briefly, but, somehow deemed it not quite on
    point enough.

    The 'offense as defense' is okay if one is threatened, backed up to the
    wall. In fact, it becomes the only recourse. And, yeah, I can see where
    fundy islamic thinking might present followers with 'up against the wall'

    Still, I perceived a 'but' somewhere. Not sure where it is. Once engaged
    in war, the citizen becomes the soldier, and the soldier is willing to
    die, or should be. So, yeah, perhaps these were soldiers of allah.

    Still, I want a 'but', if only for righteousness' sake.

    - Wade

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