Church & State

“there was nothing magical about medieval political structure that could prevent the rise of modernity.”

"...the questions of politics must focus on how much liberty a society can tolerate before it starts to break down. This is a very old debate, of course. But it’s not a conversation that many critics of 'liberalism' seem very interested in having." - John Ehrett 

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“Is Europe Christian? It’s a more complicated question than it sounds.”

"...unlike so many other scholars, [author Olivier Roy] emphasizes the difference between Lutheranism (which, with its doctrine of the Two Kingdoms and vocation is 'self-secularizing,' giving religious significance to the secular realm) and Calvinism (which tends to seek Christian rule of the secular order).  He also notes the difference between both of these traditions and American Protestantism." - Gene Veith

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An old debate over religion in school is opening up again

"A major catalyst for division was the decision of the Cincinnati School Board in 1869 to end Scripture reading in classrooms. Having long objected to Bible study in the city’s schools, Catholics had established their own system of parochial schools." - The Conversation

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David French explains how Pete Buttigieg's Mainline Protestant faith differs from evangelical faith

"...the Mainline vision of salvation is alien to the Evangelical mind. Without diving in depth into each of the 'Five Solas' of the Reformation, most Evangelical Protestants understand salvation not through works of compassion but rather through faith alone, by the grace of God alone, working through the atoning sacrifice of Christ alone." - The Dispatch

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Freedom From Religion Foundation questions National Bible Week

Wisconsin: A "Republican-authored resolution recognizes Thanksgiving week as National Bible Week. It declares that reading the Bible has contributed to the moral fiber of society. The Madison-based national nonprofit Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates for the separation of church and state, has criticized the resolution, saying that legislators are promoting their own religion." - AP

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Douglas Wilson’s ‘spiritual takeover’ plan roils Idaho college town

"The church website explains the church’s mission further. 'Our desire is to make Moscow a Christian town,' it reads, ' … through genuine cultural engagement that provides Christian leadership in the arts, in business, in education, in politics, and in literature.'" - RNS

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