Category Archives: Novus Ordo Seclorum

Americanists All


Folks in other faiths or branches of THE faith are either worried or desirous of America working its wonders on belief and practice. Richard Mouw, for instance, recognizes the problem of his former advocacy of a post-American Christianity in comparison to his hopes for Muslims to find a form of Islam that fits with American… Read More→

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Somewhere between the Crusades and the National Council of Churches

© CE/ECFlag of Turkey6/12/2003

That somewhere is the Land of 2k. The reason for this reminder stems in part from a post over at Rorate Caeli about modernized Roman Catholics who don’t have much to offer Muslims: What does modernized Catholicism do faced with Islam and its terroristic religion of violence? Does it ask Islam to accept modernity? Does… Read More→

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It’s Secular But It’s Our Secular


Worries about the Islamization of the West are curious when the Christians worrying so frequently lament the decadence of the societies that Europeans now inhabit (both in Europe and the Americas). William Kilpatrick, for instance, believes the West confronts a situation comparable to what Europe faced in Hitler: It’s estimated that in Brussels, the self-styled… Read More→

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Obviously, Ross Douthat isn’t following 2k debates nor has he read A Secular Faith: What’s more, the alternative perspective here — that a politician’s religious commitments are so personal and private that no one else can reasonably be asked to comment on them, or even to identify them at all — usually belongs to a… Read More→

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Do We Need a Federal Agency to Regulate Religious Identity?


I was reading this piece over the weekend on home schooling and the author struck me with her use of identifications: From its inception, the movement included both religious homeschoolers who sought to remove secular influences from their children’s lives, and secular homeschoolers whose motivations were based on beliefs about child development. After the Supreme… Read More→

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One Square Inch Not Covered


I guess I should thank Father Longenecker for giving me so much material of late, but his recent post about the need to respond to ISIS raises an arresting question for those Christians with global outlooks (both neo-Calvinist and Roman Catholic). Do some sectors of life exist that Christ doesn’t claim as his? The civilized… Read More→

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Another Two Cheers for Secularization


What a great achievement the United States is and the entire process of breaking up Christendom into nation-states with their own sovereignty, based not on Christian teaching but on the give and take of practical politics. Gary Welton sees secularization as a problem but his reaction to the Paris killings actually shows the value of… Read More→

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Is This Constitutional?


The similarities between neo-Calvinist and Roman Catholic transformers continue to be remarkable (at least to all about me). Adding to the remarkableness is that the inspiration for cleaning up public life or for motivating Christians to become involved can go in either politically conservative or liberal directions. What is more, the ideas don’t need to… Read More→

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Humbly Separate Church and State In the Name of Christ (of course)


Since I don’t listen to State of the Republic Union speeches, I’m not about to spend much time on what presidents say at National Prayer Breakfasts. (Why can’t it be National Word Breakfast? Why is it a monologue of Americans speaking to God and not the other way around?) But given the attention that President… Read More→

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Would Canadians Even Object to This?


I know Thomas Jefferson gets bad press among certain Christians and some conservatives, but what exactly is wrong with this understanding of government? About to enter, fellow-citizens, on the exercise of duties which comprehend everything dear and valuable to you, it is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government,… Read More→

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