The Church and the Rise or Fall of a Civilization (Lovelace)

The following observations by Richard Lovelace were made in the late 1970s in his book, The Dynamics of Spiritual Life. Although these words were written over 40 years ago they could have been written very recently! Here's Lovelace: ...America and the rest of Western culture now seem to be more on the edge of dissolution… Continue reading The Church and the Rise or Fall of a Civilization (Lovelace)

The Bible and America’s Founding Fathers

Many of us have heard the argument that America needs to get back to its biblical (or Christian) roots which our founding fathers established.  But it isn’t quite that simple.  We have to ask this twofold question: what did our founding fathers think about the Bible and about Christianity? Noll, Hatch, and Marsden answer it… Continue reading The Bible and America’s Founding Fathers

The Impossibility of Returning to ‘Christian’ America

A few days ago I promised to return to this outstanding book: The Search for Christian America.  Here are a few paragraphs from the latter part of the book.  These words will be a tough read for those of us schooled with textbooks that exaggerated the “Christian” influence in America’s formative years.  I’m still amazed… Continue reading The Impossibility of Returning to ‘Christian’ America

The (Futile?) Search for Christian America

Here’s a book that deserves to be brought back into our discussions and onto our reading lists: The Search for Christian America by Mark Noll, Nathan Hatch, and George Marsden.  It was first published in 1983 and then expanded in 1989.  But the message is completely relevant for Christians today. Here are some questions the… Continue reading The (Futile?) Search for Christian America

Democracy, Culture, Christianity

 Here's a provocative section from Don Carson's 2008 book, Christ and Culture Revisited. "...Democracy, as a valuable form of government as it can be, must never be confused with the Christian vision of the good....  [A] democratic culture cannot be aligned isomorphically with a Christian culture.  Christians will cheer on democracy, believing that, by and… Continue reading Democracy, Culture, Christianity