Update from the Front Lines

Next time you’re looking for inspiration to boldly defend your faith, think of Zakaria Botros:

So why haven’t you heard about this guy? It is probably because you do not watch Arab television. On channel al-Hayat, or “Life TV,” you will find Father Botros, a Coptic priest, discussing theology in a way that embarrasses — and enrages — Muslim leaders. His television talks are leading not only to mass conversions, but to the disempowering of radical Islam.

…He is a bearded, bespectacled cleric who sports a large wooden cross, and his specialty is examining “little-known but embarrassing aspects of Islamic law and tradition,” Ibrahim writes. Because he speaks and reads classical Arabic, Botros can “report to the average Muslim on the discrepancies” and what Ibrahim calls “the affronts to moral common sense found” within Islamic teachings.

Naturally, this drives the sheiks crazy — which is probably why there is a rumored $5 million price on his head.

Botros’s ultimate goal is “to draw Muslims away from the dead legalism of sharia law to the spirituality of Christianity.” In doing so, he is not only saving souls, but cutting at the very heart of radical Islam.

That, if you don’t mind me saying so, is ballsy. May we all be so. And if you’re fired up now, check out the accompanying article on witnessing to Muslims or this site’s series on talking to atheists.

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