To reduce civilization to political entities, races, nationalities, or other like groupings is to insure misunderstanding, for a civilization is at heart a faith and a community. The faith is of course religious.
We are too prone to assume the early church was characterized by purer faith and life than even the best examples of modern Christianity. This is to misread the New Testament and to underestimate the power of sin on the saints of all centuries. It is important to understand that the Bible is unique among holy books in that it reveals multiple flaws in even its greatest men of faith. We must not look for heroes in the Bible. The hero was a role created by Greek religion that looked for men who could rise above their mortality by doing great deeds. Greek heroes were gods in the making. Scripture shows us sinners. Many were sinners saved by grace, yet they remained sinners.
Rev. Rushdoony observed that a liberal educa-tion historically meant learning the art of life in a free society. The term liberty under law aptly summarizes the Biblical view.
C. S. Lewis argued that certain stories have the power to captivate the imagination and move the human soul in ways that the words themselves cannot account for. These stories he called "myths."
The sun didn't reach the earth behind the barn until after lunch. The ground was always wet because the barn trapped the run-off from the hill behind it. When the boy played there in the mornings he grew cold. But when the sun was high, the earth was warm and he did not mind the moisture seeping through his shirt to his chest as it was now.
Too often, Christian educators send students into a sinful world woefully unprepared to deal with the sticky, sinful philosophies waiting to assail them. Such students may function tolerably until they realize that reality refuses to cooperate with their Christian agenda. Quite the opposite, the young minds soon find the sinful world is doing all it can to frustrate and destroy them. And so they simply stand stupefied, startled by sinful thinking that they never dreamed existed to such a patently pernicious degree. Many do not survive the ordeal with their faith intact.
In 1995, author Jack Miles touched off a tempest in the theological teapot with the publication of God: A Biography, in which he attempts to tell the story of God by reading the Hebrew Scriptures as "imaginative literature." With the 2001 publication of Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God, Miles uses the same approach to explore the life and significance of Jesus, and the tempest is again brewing.
Americans have enjoyed the world's highest standard of living for at least the last one hundred years, and probably longer. Libertarians will tell you that the cause of this prosperity is economic freedom. There is no doubt that economic freedom is an important factor in our marvelous economic development, but where did the idea of economic freedom come from? It came from men imbued with Biblical teaching.
Strict constitutionalists are always apprehensive when the U.S. Supreme Court closes its annual session having ruled so erroneously as it has this year. We wait with bated breath to see what will be the Court's latest outrage and what liberal agenda will be declared to be a part of the Constitution. We know now.