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“I don’t personally have a problem with religious faith, even in the extreme, as long as it doesn’t supersede science and it’s not used to impose outdated mores on others.”
So wrote Charles M. Blow in the New York Times in a recent op-ed piece, provocatively entitled, “Indoctrinating Religious Warriors.” With certain features of the article, I find myself of one accord with Mr. Blow: for instance, he castigates the political right for intentionally conflating conservative politics with biblical fidelity. In recent years, Republican candidates have often cast their party as the bastion of “real” Christianity, treating evangelicals like a voting bloc to be wooed, manipulated, and—when our usefulness fades—thrown aside. No one likes being used.
But Blow’s article isn’t just a wag of the finger toward shady politics. His article is also a passionate defense of the ideological principle of evolution. Continue Reading…
Today marks 41 years since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision:
Be sure to also see this video from Focus on the Family and this convicting sermon from David Platt.
“While he is remembered primarily for his difficult political decisions which kept the Union intact, the more we study them, the more we realize that all of them were reached at a level far deeper than that of politics. Underlying all particular decisions was a moral revulsion against human slavery . . . and an abiding conviction that the divine order can be ascertained and followed.”
- Elton Trueblood, Abraham Lincoln: Theologian of American Anguish (courtesy of Trinity Forum Documents), pp. 17–18
I’ve often heard that we should keep our views on what we believe about various moral issues out of the public square.
My first contention is that it is impossible to do so. Judgments offered from either side of the discussion have a fiercely moral tone. While the moral indignation of gay marriage and abortion opponents is well known, none can doubt a similar indignation in gay marriage and abortion affirmers. Who has not seen the fires of righteousness burning in the eyes of their ideological opponents? Sometimes it is a righteous fire borne of concern, and other times it is the smug fire of self-righteousness. But we cannot deny that the indignation is moral in its nature. Continue Reading…