As Christians, we do not believe that we are the primary source of character in our children. God is. If we assume that we are, we are playing God. Character is a religious product. It can and must be supplemented by family, church, and school, but without the Lord it does not exist.
Logia, a journal of Lutheran theology, recently (Vol. 8, No. 4) carried a lead essay by D. G. Hart, associate professor of church history and theological bibliography at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. Westminster is generally considered the flagship of academic Calvinism.
For close to a century Christians have increasingly seen it as a badge of honor to retreat from engaging their culture. About the only time many believers choose to come out of their hiding is to throw rocks at those whom they believe are debasing the culture that they, the rock-throwers, have abandoned.
Now that we've managed to stumble into the Third Millennium, those of us who have a little tread left may pause to wonder what sort of world we (or our children or grandchildren) will inherit.
We, all of us, rely on technologies we do not understand. Potential problems in these technologies are intimidating. The Y2K bugs are a prime example.
Lee Irons has provided us with a Framework Interpretation response to David Hall's important 1998 speech to the PCA General Assembly. In that speech Hall dealt with the Confessional meaning of creation "in the space of six days."
The Citadel Board has now joined the South Carolina state newspaper in its campaign to take the Confederate flag off the State House dome. A short time ago, Bob Jones University joined the state in its campaign.
I have seen many changes in American life in my 83 years. A preeminent one is the loss of shame among many.
From time to time, supporters and other friends have suggested we print a glossary of frequently used terms. It appears below. This glossary, though by no means exhaustive, will be especially helpful for newer readers, or those new to Chalcedon's theology. It may be freely reproduced.