I wouldn't mind the conquest of the moslem world for the sole purpose of meaningfully preaching the gospel among them because as it is now any one leaving Islam will be beheaded.
Its exactly attitudes like this which have caused the majority of wars and conflicts in the world. "WE KNOW BETTER, LET US GO TEACH THEM HOW TO BE CIVILISED". The audacity!!!!! The cheek!!!!!... What one does by carrying this out, is cancel out ones own "civilisation" by commiting such a crime, so inciting them to yet more violence, further "proving" one's claims of moral superiority... Was the thinking of audacious colonialists any different?
Granted colonialism did bring about some positive results, (literacy to many african tribes, technological advancements etc...) but was it moral? Did the "benefits" outweight the great number of negative things that happened (slavery, massacres, wars, post-colonial divided Africa)?
The Christian religion doesn't preach hate but love so if some talk of hate that's their wrong interpretation.
That's exactly what all my Muslim friends say about Islam. In fact, they could be right, because I don't know of any violent Muslims myself. In the area where I go to university, the majority of the population is Muslim, and they are not violent, and in the last 4 years, a couple muslim friends have attempted to convert me by peacefully "reasoning" with me, and even backed off when i've made it clear that i don't believe in their religion. I even know a handful of whites who have converted to Islam. There are large Muslim communities throughout the UK, and they are not all hateful, in fact many mixed white-asian areas in the north of the country, have whites carry out unprovoked attacks on asian muslims. In my opinion, all religion and all ideologies, when they are taken too far will bring about breakdowns in civilisation.
I'm sure that to you, the Christian Inquisitions, the Crusades and the like, as well as the Watchtower cult are not indications of Christianity's failure as a religion, but merely the individuals who do not follow the religions percepts. Why should you treat Islam or any other ideology any differently?
You are right they don't practice it, and right now nobody knows if they ever will, on the other hand Christianity has marked deeply the western world and finally produced a better more civilised society than Islam, though far from perfect.
Christianity was not the main reason for our civilised attitude, it did not produce "civilisation", in fact Christianity brought about many negative things, (such as the Dark-Ages, and Crusades) as well as good things (heightened sensitivity to morals). You have to be balanced. Pagans could claim that their religion was the source of the "civilisation" of Greeks and Romans. What DID bring about our "civilisation" was individuals, people who could think for themselves, people who could think out of the box, Christian and non-Christian. Newton believed in Christianity, Da Vinci fought clandestinly against the Church, Galileo was violently persectuted by the Church for his brilliant discoveries. All three had a different relationship to Christianity, but all three were brilliant minds who changed our view of the world.
(You notice i often use the word "civilisation" in inverted commas. I believe that countries who are called "civilised" can often be a source of the worst forms of uncivilised behavior.)
You cannot mark Islam as a worse religion than Christianity. While "Islamic" nations were perfecting mathematics, medecine, engineering, paper, printing, algorithms (al-Khwarizmi) chemistry (a word, derived from alchemy, which itself was from Arabic al-Kimiya) algegra (from Arabic al-Jabr) and other sciences, Christendom was in the Dark Ages warring among themselves. The very numbers that we use (1234567890) are Arabic, the clumsy Roman system (I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X) being abanndonned.
All kinds of nations have brought about contributions to the "civilision" of modern Western society, not just Christian whites. If it were up to one race or religion to bring about civilisation, we would still be far far behind in our present-day accomplishments.
True, western civilisation (nominaly "Christian" countries) have brought about microbiology, modern medicine and the majority of modern inventions that make our lives easier, and they have equally heightened our moral sensitivity, but what could have been done if the European nations hadn't gone out, invaded other territories, and taken their ideas back to Europe to combine them, improve them and propagate them??
It is obviously not a black and white world, BUT, the peaceful Christianity of today is a result of civilisation and NOT the other way around. In my humble opinion, Christianity, if left on its own, and not under the "civilising" influence of the West, would be no different from the other religions. All claim to be peaceful, all have fanatic minorities... the fanaticism just manifests itself differently in different countries, in different levels of "civilisation".
In conclusion, one has to be extremely balanced in one's judgements and not blame just one group for all the woes in the world, while putting the other on an untouchable pedestal just because you happen to believe in its precepts. *One must always question one's self and ones own motives. *One must always analyse the reasons and causes for other people's actions and never see black-and-white, right-and-wrong. *One must always criticise one's self before criticising others.