People of the Book

Predicting the fate of religions is unwise, for they can burn or gutter
in unpredictable ways. But two things are certain in the battle of the
books. The first is that the urge to spread the Word will spark some of
the fiercest conflicts of the 21st century. The area that is being most
heavily fought over—sub-Saharan Africa—is a tinder box of failed states
and ethnic animosities. The second is that the Bible and the Koran will
continue to exercise a dramatic influence over human events, for both
good and ill. The twigs of the burning bush are still aflame with the
fire of God.