Knowing the Enemy: Faith, Reason and the War Against Jihadism
Recorded on February 25, 2008
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Drawing on a quarter century of experience at the intersection
of moral argument and public policy, George Weigel describes
rigorously and clearly the threat posed by global jihadism: the
religiously inspired ideology which teaches that it is the moral
obligation of all Muslims to employ whatever means are necessary to
compel the world's submission to Islam. Exploring that
ideology's theological, social, cultural and political roots,
Weigel charts a new direction for both public policy and
interreligious dialogue, one that meets the challenge of jihadism
forthrightly while creating the conditions for a less threatening,
more mutually enriching encounter between Islam and the West.
George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and
Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America's
foremost commentators on issues of religion and public life.
He is the author of fifteen books, including the New York
Times bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope
John Paul II. He is the author most recently of
Faith, Reason and the War Against Jihadism: A Call to
Action (Doubleday, 2007).