The second view asserts that the American way of life is being
compromised by declining moral standards. According to those
who advance this view, turmoil in families, acceptance of abortion,
legitimation of alternative lifestyles, and the dissemination of
inappropriate mass media are symptoms of a deadly ethical malady. Are
not those who hold to this latter view, however, simply trying to force
their religious views on society at large? Should they not just live
and let live? We shall actually consider the merits of this second view
and let you decide.
Rights Without Right
The author distinguishes between legal right and moral right. He
also tells how the latter might influence the former.
Trial and Error: The ACLU and Religious Expression
The courts and other elite institutions have long maintained
an idea of the church/state relations similar to that of the American
Civil Liberties Union. The author questions using the ACLU position
as a model.
Culture and the Bible
Biblical accounts provide models on how Christians should respond to
Documentation: Christianity and Democracy
Institute on Religion and Democracy
Do Christians have an interest in liberal democracy? The IRD, a
group of evangelicals, Catholics, and oldline Prostestants, answered
affirmatively in this document. Written during the Cold War, the
statement outlined general principles that are still relevant.
What is Wrong with Society Today?
Although many show concern and offer remedies for our social
problems, few realize their actual cause. What is at the root of the
many difficulties that plague our country today? How may these
many problems be resolved?
This most famous of Lincoln's speeches considers the principles
in the Declaration of Independence in light the American Civil War.
His fellow speaker on the occasion, classical scholar Edward
Everett, remarked that he hoped to have said as much in two hours
as the President had in two minutes.
Lincoln's Proclamation: A Day of National Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer
In April 1863, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution in the midst of
the Civil War calling for a day of humiliation, fasting and prayer.
President Lincoln responded with this proclamation. He called on
the people of the nation to repent of their transgressions, believing
their sins had brought about punishment of war.
Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice
in the Origins of America
Thomas G. West
Why should we take the American Founders seriously? Were
they not just self-interested members of an all-male establishment?
Dr. West points out various errors in evaluating the thought and
pracitices of the Founders.
John Paul II on the American Experiment
Pope John Paul II
The Pontiff calls on America to be consistent with its founding
Joseph R. Reisert
Modern political thought assures us that morality cannot and should
not be legislated. In "Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public
Policy" Robert P. George takes the opposing position to the current
intellectual trend on this matter. Joseph Reisert provides this
Christian Conviction & Democratic Etiquette
The Christian viewpoint was marginalized from public policy
forums for a half century. Evangelicals and Catholics then emerged
as notable voices for what became known as the "religious new right."
Should Christianity have a voice in matters political?
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