Thursday, August 31, 2006:
Science and trade cannot be overstated concerning Islam. Testing God, per se, was never prohibited in Islam. The kind of faith in God, the total absence of doubt, that brought forth the miracle healings and resurrections of God at Jesus's thoughts, Jesus's certainty, his absolute knowledge, never occurred in Islam.
That science and trade of Islam was the prime mover of the West toward the Renaissance via the Roman Catholic scholarship of Thomas Aquinas. That Renaissance eventually and directly led to the Enlightenment and even secular and atheistic humanism. The new commandment, unselfish love in action, the spirit of service in friendship, and all the rest implied by the teachings and life example of Jesus Christ was pushed even further away. The Romans had made a mess of Christianity, and now Islam was a stimulus for feeding into commerce, trade, science, and technology.
The United States Empire is the cumulative effect.
It has been a Faustian bargain. It is selling one's soul to darkness for dark knowledge that is false knowledge in the end, leading to ruination. It is biting into the fruit that kills the soul, fractures the soul endlessly.