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 …

Deism, Christianity, and the American Flag

George Marsden's Religion and American Culture is an absolute must read for Christians in the United States who are wrestling with the ever difficult question of how Christianity relates to the American culture.  Though some of our readers may disagree, for the past few years in my studies, I've come to the conclusion that America has …

Pious and Secular America

Back in 1958 Reinhold Niebuhr published a collection of essays which he titled, Pious and Secular America (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1958).  The first essay has the same title of the book, and I found it to be quite thought-provoking and penetrating.  Notice the depth of these quotes. "...Here we are in the 20th …

Cheesy Church Choruses

If you've been in (or are currently in) an average American evangelical Christian church, no doubt you know what a cheesy Christian song is all about.  From "Shine Jesus Shine" to "I Can Only Imagine," solid theology is out and emotions and contemporary are "in."   I like what Stephen Nichols has to say about this.  …

Politics, Religion, and Hart

I confess: I'm not bent towards politics in the least.  I vote, obey the government best I can, and pray for those in authority over me.  I wore the Green willingly for six years, and I have read stuff by Thomas Paine, Dwight Eisenhower, and a just few more such American political figures.  But that's …

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