Understanding Radical Islam

Today’s guest blogger is Adam Navarrete, who works in the marketing department here at Logos.

I want to thank everyone that came out to our last lecture with Arnold Fruchtenbaum—it was a packed house! Can you believe that it’s time for another lecture already? I am really excited about this lecture as I have heard nothing but great things about Professor Zylstra—and the topic looks to be quite interesting: “Understanding Radical Islam.”

About the Lecture

Many people in Western democracies know little about Islam, especially the beliefs of some of its minority groups. Professor Clarence Zylstra of Whatcom Community College has taught political science and history for over thirty years. In this lecture, professor Zylstra focuses on the beginnings of Islam, its historical radicalization, and how Islamic eschatology is a driving force behind the Islamo-fascism mounting a threat to the West today.

About This Month’s Speaker

Professor Clarence Zylstra was born in Holland in 1930 and lived there through World War II and the Nazi occupation. In 1948 he immigrated to the United States. He served in the U.S. Army as a linguist from 1951 to 1952. Following his discharge he became a dairy farmer in Everson and student at Western Washington University. Upon obtaining a master’s degree in Economics, History and Political Science, he became an instructor at Whatcom Community College where he has taught for more than 30 years.

Event Details

  • Title: “Understanding Radical Islam”
  • Speaker: Professor Clarence Zylstra
  • Date: Monday, October 27
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington
  • Cost: Admission is free!

There’s just one lecture left before 2009! Check the lecture page for updated information.

Hope to see you there on Monday night!


  1. Jerry Peterson says

    Are the lectures recorded? Are the lectures available for those who cannot attend?
    Thank you.

  2. A new film that was recently launched http://thethirdjihad.com/ – I think every American should watch this film to really understand the threats of radical Islam

  3. By Anonymous on October 28, 2008 4:12 PM
    There was a full house last night at Mr. Baker Theater listening to what Professor Clarence Zylstra, a History and Political Science educator from Western Washington University had to say about his topic “Radical Islam”. As Professor Zylstra pointed out many times during the evening, “Radical Islam” is only about 10% of the Muslim population. He went on to talk to us about the terrorism that this group has inflicted on the rest of the world, and he quoted text about what this group wants to implement towards the Western population in the future. Professor Zylstra spoke to the audience about this topic and cited the sources where his information was obtained.
    As a Christian I would be concerned if I were to learn of a Muslim speaker addressing an audience about atrocities that a Christian subgroup had inflicted on some part of the world. I would worry that anger and hate were being stirred up toward my religion, and would probably attend such a lecture to hear what was being said and to counter words that could be misconstrued.
    I suspect that this may have been, in part, the motivation of part of the group of Muslims who attended this forum last night. Unfortunately, it seems to me that they came to this Forum with the preconceived idea that Professor Zylstra was implying that all Muslims were radical, when in fact, he was only talking about a specific group.
    Most of us in the audience, as in my group, were there to hear about the subject matter, to get a better understanding about something that is a major concern for Western society in this day and age, namely “Radical Islam”.
    I for one, wouldn’t mind hearing someone speak about other religions at future forums, but last night I was there to hear about the subject at hand, it was not the time for a debate. In fact, the facts cited were pretty much certified, so a debate about their validity is basically a moot point.
    I would look forward to hearing what my Muslim neighbors have to say, and to learn more about their life, as I would like them to know a little more about me as a Christian. Somehow I suspect that a lot of our hopes, dreams, and values are quite a bit alike.
    My prayer as a Christian, is that we can all have a better understanding of one another in these volatile times.