In the fifth century of our common era the Roman Empire fell. There was power vacuum in the Mediterranean world, the world that Rome ruled.
With the fall of the Roman Empire Greek learning that had dominated that empire went into eclipse. The Catholic Church rose up and spread its religion based civilization in Europe. Europe became religious; Greek secular learning was eschewed. Thus, no new scientific ideas came from Europe for a thousand years. This period of no new ideas on the nature of phenomena is called the European dark ages.
In the seventh century Mohammed established his new religion called Islam. Muslims quickly attacked the Christian world and defeated them, especially in Syria, Palestine, Egypt Mesopotamia (Iraq) and North Africa and Spain and entered France before they were stopped by the Franks (Germans) in 732 AD.
There is no doubt that Muslims' goal was to defeat the Christian world and convert Christian Europeans to Islam.
While Arab Muslims were attacking Western Europe they were also attacking eastwards; they conquered their way to China before the Chinese stopped them.
One of the groups that they conquered on their way to China was the Turks. They converted the Turks to Islam. In time the Turks became the leaders of Islam and formed the Ottoman Empire.
In 1453 Muslim Turks conquered what we now call Turkey, it used to be called Asia Minor (Byzantium Empire); they renamed its capital, Constantinople, Istanbul and transformed Christian cathedrals into Muslim Mosques.
The Turks tried to conquer Europe from the East; they took over the Balkans and on several occasions tried taking over Austria and were repelled.
Clearly, Muslim Turks (Ottoman Empire) wanted to conquer Christian Europe and convert it to Islam.
MUSLIM STIMULATION OF RENAISSANCE
When Muslims took over Alexandria, Egypt in 643 AD they had access to Greek learning stored in the libraries there.
Greek forces under Alexander the Greek conquered Egypt and the Mediterranean world in the 300s BC; Greeks established a Greek Ptolemaic empire in Egypt, Palestine and Syria; educated Egyptians, Jews and Syrians and even Romans spoke Greek.
The Romans inherited the Greek culture and in the first century of our common era imposed their culture on the Mediterranean world. They inherited the Greek learning that flourished in Egypt, especially at the city of Alexandria, a city built in honor of Alexander the Great.
Muslims took Greek learning (such as Geometry, Plato and Aristotle) and Indian Algebra into Southern Europe (Spain, Sicily, and Southern Italy); they indirectly returned classical Greek (stoicism, Epicurus, Sophism, skepticism, cynicism etc.) and Roman (Seneca, Cicero, Marcus Auricles, Virgil, Horace, Pliny etc.) learning to Europe and stimulated the Italian Renaissance.
Thus, Islamic efforts to conquer Europe gave Europe that was in its Dark Ages the gift of Greek learning and helped return Europe to secular knowledge and eventually to science and its current leadership role in the world.
MUSLIM INDIRECT ROLE IN THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA
When Muslim Turks in 1453 took over Asia Minor and prevented Europeans from trading with Asia via the land route, Europeans looked for an alternative route to Asia (India, China and Japan).
The Portuguese tried to reach India by rounding the coast of West Africa, reaching South Africa in 1488, rounding the coast of East Africa and reached India in 1494.
The Spanish sought a more direct route to India. Christopher Columbus went west into the Atlantic Ocean hoping to reach India in so doing. Instead, in 1492 he got to America and thought that he had reached India hence called the natives Indians, a name we still call them to the present.
The discovery of America was due to Europeans effort to circumvent Muslims obstruction of trade with Asians.
Thus, what Muslims did to hurt Christians led to the good of Christians in the discovery of the new world.
THE PRESENT MUSLIM TERRORISM PROBABLY WILL LEAD TO GOOD FOR CHRISTIANS
In the extant world, Muslims are experiencing their intermittent psychosis that disposes them to attack Christians and try converting them to Islam; they are attacking Christians via terrorism.
Given that Muslims attacks on Christians in the past led to good for Christians, I suspect that the present Muslim terroristic attacks on Christians would also lead to as yet unknown benefits for Christians.
Muslims are on the march; they want to conquer Europe and the Americas hence the rest of the world. They are spreading in Europe and America like wild fire. Through their terrorism they are trying to intimidate Christians to embracing Islam, to accepting their psychosis (or they are killed).
The situation seems dire but as in the past this latest Muslim (psychosis) attack on Christians will be defeated and yield something better for Christians.
When the dust settles (may be in centuries) Christians will learn that the Muslim intermittent psychosis of trying to Conquer Christian lands would have improved the fortune of Christians; may be, the present attacks would take Christians to other planets, just as Muslims obstruction of Christians trade with Asia led Christians, in the fifteenth century, to discover America.
It seems that good always comes to Christians from Muslim attacks on them; therefore, Christians should not despair from the current Muslims senseless attacks on them, for in the end Christians would benefit from it and Muslims lose, as they did in the past.
Christians will discover new frontiers and new science from their current encounter with Muslim intermittent psychosis.
I define Muslim Intermittent psychosis as Muslims occasional efforts to conquer the world and impose Islam on it; they will not succeed; what they need is to be healed of the irrational psychosis that drives them to go kill innocent people on behalf of their non-existent God.
Muslims in the past lost and in the present will lose. Muslims are always playing catch up with Christians. They must convert to Christianity, for Christianity is the only religion that is congruent with what we need, scientific culture and scientific civilization.
Islam is ossified in seventh century primitive world view.
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
August 7, 2016