Thursday, February 26, 2015

“Islam has differed from all the other heresies"

“ISLAM has differed from all the other heresies in two main points which must be carefully noticed:

(1) It did not rise within the Church, that is within the frontiers of our civilization. Its heresiarch was not a man originally Catholic who led away Catholic followers by his novel doctrine as did Arius or Calvin. He was an outsider born a pagan, living among pagans, and never baptized.

. . . (2) This body of Islam attacking Christendom from within, happened to be continually recruited with fighting material of the strongest kind and drafted in from the pagan outer darkness.”

~Hilaire Belloc: The Great Heresies.

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