Five Things To Do:
A Process Response to ISIS
A Process Response to ISIS
How might those of us influenced by process theology -- Muslims much included -- help combat ISIS?
It is not enough to advocate foreign policies and economic incentives that offer viable alternatives. It is also not enough to advocate open and relational worldviews, written by and for scholars in universities, who read only their own works. And certainly it is not enough to emphasize that there is one worldview -- and perhaps even one alone -- that leads to an open and relational approach to life.
Our hope, as process theologians, is not that the 21st century become a Whiteheadian century, but rather that it become an open and relational century, in which many worldviews might help us life lightly on the earth and gently with one another for the sake of ecological civilizations. This is the alternative we seek to seize, as best we can. See Toward Ecological Civilization and Ecological Civilization: After the Claremont Conference.
There are five things we can do.
Build Multi-Faith Communities. We can create local multifaith, multicultural communities in which Islam has a powerful and much deserved place at the table. This is especially important in Europe, where integration of Muslim and non-Muslim populations has been weak. See Pluralism: The World's Best and only Hope.
Provide (and support those who provide) counter-Narratives on Social Media. We can provide (and support those who provide) counter-narratives to ISIS, especially to Sunnis who might otherwise join the ranks of ISIS.
Many Muslims are doing this already. See, for example, Average Mohammed Takes on Radical Islam and Not in My Name: Muslims Against Terrorism. Most are doing so by retrieving and reclaiming the spiritual side of classical Islam; see Polishing the Mirror of the Heart: How Islam Defeats ISIS by Reclaiming Classical Wisdom.
Study and support classical Muslim perspectives that promote spirituality and compassion.. We can get over the idea that 'open and relational" attitudes toward life must inevitably rely on dynamic, process-oriented worldviews that are influenced by AN Whitehead and other 'process philosophers' and recognize that they can be articulated in terms of neo-Platonic worldviews, as illustrated in classical Whitehead. This is one of the values of the Fat Soul movement. It liberates process theology from a preoccupation with the Whiteheadian worldview (important as it is) and promotes instead an open and relational approach to life which can be internalized and embodies from various points of view. See Fat Soul Manifesto.
Challenge Islamophobia. We can fervently challenge Islamophobia wherever we find it, including within our own religious communities. See Eight Steps for Overcoming Islamophobia.
Embody humble, creative post-materialist lifestyles that illustrate a meaningful alternative to the corruption and narcissism of Western, hyper-individualistic culture. See The Ten Temptations of Consumerism. Let our lives be our sermon to the world, illustrative of the fact that there really is an option to the arrogance and materialism of much western culture.
Wisdom Teachings from Classical Islam
Islam is about inward excellence
A Good Muslim is a Loving Muslim
Diversity is to be Expected:
Understanding ISIS and