Be Alert!

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 
                                                   1 Peter 5:8​

What is Chrislam?

There has been a lot of talk the past few years about the merging of Christianity and Islam into a single religion that is being called “Chrislam.” The main significance in this idea of religions merging is based in the hope of achieving world peace through the eradication of differences between the various faiths.

It has been said that the first known coining of the term “Chrislam” was by science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke (of 2001: A Space Odyssey fame) as his idea of a religion of the future. What I found interesting was that in reality the concept of the merging of these two religions, as well as the term “Chrislam,” was first used by G.K. Chesterton in his 1914 book The Flying Inn.

In this book, Chesterton wrote a fictitious story about the attempted takeover of Great Britain by Islam through the indoctrination of society from the inside out. The two protagonists in this story were an Islamic mystic by the name of Mysisra Ammon and an English statesman by the name of Lord Ivywood, who was fascinated with the mystical elements of Islam.
The basic premise of this book was that English society would be captured by a mystical version of Islam that would fully merge it with a mystical version of Christianity. In the book, the symbol representing this merging of the two religions into one was a combination of the cross and the crescent. Interestingly, this is the symbol being promoted today for the newly forming religion of Chrislam.

In his book, Chesterton noted that “Ours is an age when men come more and more to see that the creeds hold treasures for each other, that each religion has a secret for its neighbour, that faith unto faith uttereth speech, and church unto church showeth knowledge.”[1] In other words, he saw what many are seeing today, and that is that there is a mystical movement among the world’s religions that will enable them to cross previously held boundaries between each other, with the result of a new global religion being born that will promote, through mystical thinking, that all religions are one and that all men are God.

In the concluding pages of The Flying Inn, Chesterton confirmed this notion when the key protagonist, Lord Ivywood, becomes immersed in a mystical realm of madness where he has come to believe that he is greater than the God of the Bible, stating “I have gone where God has never dared to go. I am above the silly supermen as they are above mere men.”[2] I believe Chesterton over a hundred years ago saw with clarity the key spiritual threat to Christianity and the world. It would behoove us all to sit up and take notice!

I have more to say on this topic in my next letter. God bless!


[1] G. K. Chesterton. The Flying Inn (Illustrated) p. 11. Aeterna Press. Kindle Edition.
[2] G. K. Chesterton, p. 176.