cnt faitlis might come together in harmony, perhaps to watch\r\nschool plays or see children unwrap presents. He recognized\r\nthat the whole underlying doctrine of Christmas was the most\r\nstark, uncompromising, and vaunting assertion of the core\r\nChristian idea, Verhum cam factum est. Tliis is scandal to Jews,\r\nfolly to Greeksâ€”and unspeakably horrible blasphemy to Muslims.\r\nThe Koran devotes a whole chapter or sura to having Jesus\r\nHimself condemn this appalling doctrine.\r\nChesterton knew enough of the history of the two religions to\r\nunderstand how very closely related their ideas were, how inhmate\r\nthe two sisters had once been, and this very closeness goes\r\nfar toward explaining the irreconcilable hatred between Christianity\r\nand Islam in their mature years. He argued that Chrishanity\r\nitself had always contained a powerful element of worlddenying\r\nIdealism, which derived idtimately from Platonism,\r\nand he believed (not impossibly) that Islam might itself have\r\ngrown out of this rival tradition. As he argued in his great biography\r\nof St. Thomas Aquinas,\r\nthe Greek element in Christian theology tended more\r\nand more to be a sort of dried-up Platonism; a thing of diagrams\r\nand abstractions; to the last indeed noble abstractions,\r\nbut not sufficiently touched by that great thing that\r\nis by definihon almost the opposite of abstraction: Incarnation.\r\nTheir Logos was the Word; but not the Word\r\nmade Flesh. In a thousand very subtle...
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