; moreover, policy-making belonged to ‘the practical statesman’ with experience ‘lacking to the clergy or to the ordinary Christian citizen’. Nonetheless, middle axioms, while abstract, enabled evaluating politics according to how they related to Christian purposes. Oldham defined middle axioms as lying between ‘purely general statements of the ethicaldemands of the Gospel’ and ‘decisions that have to be made in concrete situations’: they showed the ‘directions’ in which faith should be expressed ‘at a given period and in given circumstances’. 37
of the spirits seriously? Does the invisible face of the jinn not place exactly the same ethicaldemand on me as its human host? Staring into the unsteady eyes of Amir possessing Feisal, I have no time to think about these questions. I press his hand to the ground, Abu Bilal raises his voice, the body shudders with pain.
When Abu Bilal first started to read, a Bosnian jinn appeared, but when it finally gave up and left the body, it was immediately replaced by Amir. Amir speaks Arabic in a deep guttural voice. This has happened at previous