Saturday, February 23, 2013

A.E.I: Is the Good Book Good Enough?!?

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice!" Proverbs 29:2

American Enterprise Institute had a fascinating seminar on Evangelical perspectives on issues in the news; I don't agree with everything here, but it's a lot of food for thought:

  • We are 25% of the population.
  • An Augustinian perspective -- The Kingdom of God and Man are always in conflict.
    • As Christians, there will always be tension.
  • Seek Justice, Love Mercy, Care for the Least, Love Neighbors.
  • Words Matter
    • What we say in Public really matters.
    • Convicted Civility
  • Prudence
    • The perfected ability to make right decisions
    • What are the ends we seek?!?
    • Balancing competing goods and lesser evils. 
  • Recover Natural Law
    • Common-cause with people who don't share our theology.
    • An ethical foundation that doesn't hit the unsaved over the head with the Bible.
    • A bridge between the sacred and the secular.
  • Our true home is the city of God.
  • Real world possibilities will always be less than our utopian dreams.
  • There are no final victories, but there are also no final defeats.
  • It's easy for the educated to celebrate the demise of Christian culture; folks lower down the scale don't have the same margin for error.
  • Capitalism and democracy only works on a Judeo-Christian foundation.
  • Evangelicals ought to be known as the most honest people in politics.
  • The good book is good enough if we're smart enough to apply it.

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