Category Archives: spirituality of the church

What if Culture, Like the Heavens and Earth, is Ephemeral?

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Just to follow up on what to do about a culture in decay, I couldn’t help but notice what the Psalmist writes in Ps. 102: 25 Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 26 They will perish, but you will remain; they will all… Read More→

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Say What You Will About Klineanism, At Least It’s an Ethos

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ProtoProtestant identifies one reason why Meredith Kline matters: Revelation 20 knows nothing of a political dominion of the church over the earth during this millennial age of the great commission. That expectation is a delusion of the prophets of theonomic postmillennialism, who, in their impatience with the way through the wilderness, have succumbed to carnal… Read More→

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Did He Really Say That?

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David Robertson does his best impersonation of a 2ker (minus the fear of Islam): Why is Islam a threat to our society? It was Christianity that brought the sacred/secular divide into the Western world. It was Christianity, especially after the Reformation, which taught that there were two kingdoms and that the one was not subject… Read More→

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Somewhere between the Crusades and the National Council of Churches

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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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Does Christianity Unify?

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From George Washington to the National Council of Churches (and their evangelical counterpart, the National Association of Evangelicals), white English-speaking Protestants in the U.S. have insisted that religion of the right and moral sort will unify the nation. It doesn’t take very long in chronicling the history of Christianity to understand the difficulties of this… Read More→

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Disappointed

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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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Another Two Cheers for Secularization

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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?

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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)

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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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We Need a Religion that Unites

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That was the dream of the founders. Ben Franklin stopped going to hear the Presbyterian pastor, Jedediah Andrews, because the printer believed Andrews’ turned his hearers not into good citizens but good Presbyterians: Tho’ I seldom attended any public worship, I had still an opinion of its propriety, and of its utility when rightly conducted,… Read More→

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