I have just finished reading Ayan Hirsi Ali's book, Infidel. This is her memoir. She tells of growing up in a Muslim home in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Kenya. She speaks of running away en route to Canada to meet up with the man she was forced to marry. She becomes a refugee in the Netherlands. Here she comes face to face with the West, the evil society she was taught to fear and to hate. What she finds instead is a peaceful, clean, prosperous society where the government doesn't beat you and even the police are kind. She begins to question everything she has been taught about the west and the answers she finds lead her away from Islam, away from religion and tragically also away from God. She concludes that the peace, prosperity and kindness she finds in the West is a triumph of reason over religion.
What do you think? Is she right about reason? Is it only the Enlightenment (the triumph of reason) that has shaped our modern world? What about the Reformation? What has produced the relative peace we have in the West?
It is a riveting read, another eye-opening account of life in a world with which I am so unfamiliar. I would recommend this book, particularly as a motivation to think through the history of our modern society and the philosophy upon which it is based and also as a motivation to pray for our muslim sisters, not that they may know the freedom that reason brings, but that they may know the freedom that Christ brings.