Josh Daffern says that all of the current controversies Christians are facing over religious liberty, sexuality, and the like are all symptoms of something bigger: “The biggest issue American Evangelicals will face for the next 50 years is how we handle our transition from a moral majority to a prophetic minority.” [Read more…]
Ross Douthat, a Catholic columnist for the New York Times, has written about the difference between some of the various strains of orthodox Christianity and the various heresies that are still in the Christian orbit (including what he calls “Americanized Christianity”). Then there is Christian influence, which can even be seen in people who reject Christianity. But at some point, as we are starting to see, there is a mindset and a culture that are utterly devoid of anything Christian. Please read his whole essay, but I quote how he finishes after the jump. [Read more…]
Rod Dreher takes a bleak look at the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage. It is now clear, he says, that we really do live in a post-Christian culture. Now that homosexuality has been given the status of race, the government and the public really are going to go after those who don’t believe that homosexuality is moral. The institution of marriage as a whole is going to be affected, since, if it can be redefined at will, it will no longer have any boundaries. So Christians will have to live as exiles in their own country. Dreher goes on to advocate “the Benedict option.”
What do you think about this? Is Dreher over-stating the problems? Are things really going to be that bad? [Read more…]
Are religious conservatives finished as a political and cultural force? Not at all, argues David French, responding to someone who claims that Mike Huckabee’s inevitable defeat will put the nails in the coffin of the Christian right.
French says that Christian conservatives don’t have to vote for Huckabee because every other Republican candidate are claiming their issues. Furthermore, back in the Sixties, the left had essentially taken over America’s churches, but now the mainstream theological liberals have dwindled to near insignificance, while evangelicals and other theological conservatives dominate American Christianity and have had a cultural impact, especially on life issues.
Read his argument after the jump. Is he right or wrong? Or only partially right or partially wrong? [Read more…]
M. Stanton Evans, one of the founders of modern conservatism, died at age 80 in Leesburg, Virginia. Read about his importance after the jump.
I urge you to read his book The Theme Is Freedom, on the historical rise of political liberty. He takes what he calls “the liberal history lesson”–that the world was in darkness and slavery until the humanists and the Enlightenment cast off the religious shackles to bring freedom into the world–and utterly refutes it. In fact, he shows that the humanists and the Enlightenment gave us the absolute despots. In contrast, the kings of the Middle Ages were greatly limited in their power under a rule of law, which he shows derives from Christianity. Mr. Evans also showed the influence of Luther and the Protestant Reformation on the rise of liberty. There is much more in this surprising and paradigm-shifting book.
I actually met Mr. Evans a number of years ago. He had read my book on fascism, which he praised highly, saying that he wished he had read it while he was working on The Theme Is Freedom because he would have liked to have incorporated it into his argument. That made me feel good, needless to say. [Read more…]
Theo Hobson, in the British Spectator, critiques the New Atheist insistence that we can have morality–indeed, a better morality–apart from religion. In doing so, he shows that even today’s secular humanist morality, which the atheists take as axiomatic, actually derives from Christianity.
A truly atheist, Darwinistic morality would look more like Nietzsche’s nihilistic will to power. In contrast, today’s egalitarian benevolence would be impossible without the Christian teachings of creation and grace. [Read more…]