If it is proper for the state to define the good life, then many mandates about how people should behave are entirely proper. But defining the good life is considered by most religions to be their proper function. Religious freedom rests in large measure on the intuition that people should not be required to take action they believe is wrong. And that mandates a modest role for government, as it has traditionally had in Anglo-Saxon liberalism.
Of all freedoms in the civil order, none can be more important than religious freedom, since it protects our right to live in accordance with what we apprehend to be ultimately right and wrong. This cannot be set aside for values the state imposes.
The United Nations attack on the moral teaching of the Catholic Church in the name of human rights points to a more general problem with the application of U.N. human rights treaties, namely, that the monitoring committees charged with reviewing compliance read into them a social radical agenda, which is then claimed as an international norm, binding on nation-states … The result is that international law is no longer about the relation of nation-states to one another, but instead is developing as a global legal code, binding on individuals, and embodying the far left’s commitment to the sexual revolution.
How cultural captivity and intimidation of churches leads to withholding Christian compassion from the victims of violence all around us.
Moral autonomy, the reigning doctrine of our age, is seriously inhibiting both truth and freedom for the gospel … Because the relativist challenge to truth and morality is so wide ranging, a successful strategy has to be on many fronts. It has to affect the “core of what people believe.”
James Heidinger, former long-time head of Good News, United Methodism’s evangelical caucus, has penned a wonderful new pro-life resource, published by Seedbed, itself an exciting new Wesleyan publisher associated with Asbury Seminary. Called About Abortion: 10 Things a new Generation of Christians Should Know, Heidinger’s book is an elaboration of a speech he gave at […]
A snapshot of the remarkable coalition of Hobby Lobby supporters, which includes a organizations, individuals, and denominations of varying ideologies, faith, and partisan affiliation.
If Christians and other similarly committed traditional religious believers are to function in society, their consciences must be accommodated. If they are not accommodated, they cannot function in any area of their lives to the extent that they are not accommodated.
This last week’s March for Life recalling 41years of judicially imposed abortion on demand aroused some confused religious commentary about the meaning of pro-life. Most of Christianity has traditionally opposed abortion as uniquely pernicious because it destroys a completely innocent and vulnerable life, in most cases only for convenience. Yet some try to stretch “pro-life” to include their own political preferences in ways that dilute focused opposition to abortion.
Single-digit temperatures and the aftermath of a snowstorm did not deter a group of Anglican bishops from participating in the annual National March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.