Faith (page 25)

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    To media economic experts, every bit of news is as unexpected as the Spanish Inquisition

    America’s plunge into a Dark Ages of economic superstition happened at the end of the Bush administration, was  impelled by the incessant chanting of media shamans, and capped with a high priest of Keynesianism so devout he openly wondered why destroying one industry to promote…
    Jon Sanders, March 14, 2012
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    Libre albedrío: no sólo para los creyentes

    ¡El periodico, La Conexión, gracias otra vez por publicar mi articulo! Un panel de congresistas testificaron en contra del mandato para la cobertura de anticonceptivos en los seguros, y diez líderes religiosos recibieron invitaciones a participar. ¿Qué está mal en este escenario? Mientras comentaristas y otros representantes del Congreso se han quejado de que la mayoría de los panelistas fueron hombres (8 junto a 2 mujeres), sus afiliaciones religiosas y el tema de la separación del estado y la iglesia han traído un problema más profundo.  Debido a la idea errónea de que el mandato sobre la anticoncepción es únicamente una cuestión acerca de la libertad religiosa, se ha minimizado el hecho de que si uno no es miembro de una organización religiosa, sus libertades sí pueden ser pisoteadas al ser obligado a adquirir el seguro, pues después de todo “no habría una creencia religiosa de por medio que lo impida.”
    Fergus Hodgson, February 23, 2012
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    Head of the Institute for Faith, Work, & Economics discusses ‘reweaving shalom’ with Campbell audience

    If the concept of “reweaving shalom” sounds foreign to you, you haven’t spent much time around Hugh Whelchel. The executive director of the Washington-based Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics explains the phrase “reweaving shalom” in the forthcoming book How Then Shall We Work: Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work.
    Mitch Kokai, February 17, 2012
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    From Christianity to Libertarianism: a few thoughts on Nullifying Tyranny

    While back in Louisiana, I picked up a book by twin-brother authors there, "Nullifying Tyranny: Creating Moral Communities in an Immoral Society (2010)." This one is not an easy read, but it does have important arguments to share. In particular, it would be of interest to Christian Americans who are concerned about how their theology jives with what at face value may appear to be an opposing philosophy—libertarianism. I say of interest to Christians because it draws heavily on scripture, and I suspect non-Christians would find this off-putting. They are also responding to what they describe as an "immoral nation with a secular humanist ruling elite that dominates America's moral values." From there, though, the authors make the claim that the only legitimate role of government is the defense of private property. They call for skepticism of government intervention across-the-board and even go so far as to propose private provision of police services. "Unfortunately, modern Americans find it difficult to understand that unconditional reverence for and faith in government as the primary solution to social and moral problems can result in the people slowly exchanging faith in God for faith in god-government." These assertions place them squarely within libertarianism, and it indicates the great potential for a coalition between libertarians and theologically informed Christians. Much of the language they use also fits precisely with what a libertarian would use---including reference to the "parasitic elements" of government who prey on the "forgotten man." "The truth is that using the government to acquire another man's property against that man's will is no different than stealing. Government, even when sanctioned by a majority vote, cannot turn an otherwise immoral act into a moral act." Alongside the case for limited government, based on Christian theology, they seek to heighten awareness of the American context and how individuals can work to restore a constitutional republic of republics. As you can imagine, such an attempt covers a lot of ground, but in terms of proposals, they suggest withholding consent primarily through state and local nullification, along with efforts to replace the ruling elite, including "Washington conservatives." They also call for rejecting a secular notion of the United States, with plenty of historical backing.
    Fergus Hodgson, February 14, 2012
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    Heritage Foundation notes the religious anger over Obama’s attack on Catholics

    The Heritage Foundation notes here the growing anger expressed by religious groups over Obamacare regulations that violate the First Amendment protection of religious freedom. I am happy to say that my church, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, has joined the fight. It is a rare moment indeed when faith denominations…
    Michael Sanera, February 9, 2012
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    Man bites dog story: Newsweek profiles physical attacks on Christianity

    Here’s a sample of a Newsweek cover story that strays from the normal template: In recent years the violent oppression of Christian minorities has become the norm in Muslim-majority nations stretching from West Africa and the Middle East to South Asia and Oceania. In some countries…
    Mitch Kokai, February 8, 2012