Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Opus 2017-212: The Thousand Year Battle of Cultures

I did not listen to President Trump’s speech in Poland.  All I heard were the parts that Fox chose to repeat.  I liked what I heard.  One of the points he made was the way in which Poland had stood up for freedom against the Soviet Empire.  I think he overlooked an important moment in history though.

In 1683 the armies of Islam were on the march in eastern Europe.  They had advanced from Istanbul all the way to the walls of Vienna.  The Hapsburg Empire was trying to defend the city but the Emperor had fled.  Enter Poland.  Poland had signed a mutual defense treaty with Austria-Hungary.  King John of Poland raised an army and marched to the defense of Christian Europe.  He arrived just in time and attacked immediately.  His army of 30,000 Poles routed the 150,000 army of Grand Vizier Kara Mustafa.  By doing so they saved Europe from being conquered by the sword of Islam.

This victory took place on September 12, 1683.  It makes you wonder if the terrorist of 9/11 had this in mind when they attacked the United States.

President Trump was right in calling to mind the battle of cultures.  What people don’t seem to realize that in regard to Islam and the battle has been going on with only brief truces for 1,200 years.

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