These questions will not go away. In fact, the intensity of the
debate over these issues seems to grow more fierce over time. The
Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, state legislation on abortion, same sex
marriage, and educational curriculae are but some of the issues for battlegrounds
in what has become known as the "culture war." Election time might
be an appropriate moment to reflect on the principles that should guide
Christians to their proper role in political affairs.
Bob Jones IV
Republicans counted on America's sense of disgust
over presidential misdeeds to propel them to new
electoral heights. It didn't happen and there was no
Plan B - a positive agenda - so the Grand Old Party
barely held on to its congressional majority.
Ralph Reed's Real Agenda
Richard John Neuhaus
Fr. Neuhaus provides this review of Ralph Reed's book
"Active Faith: How Christians Are Changing the Soul of American
Politics." The reviewer provides insight into the broader issues
that the book only mentions in passing, the general principles and
problems of Christian action in the political world.
Political Education and Political Action
Andrew A. Siicree
Although written as part of a guide to pro-life activism, this article
has broad application in helping Christians become active
in the political sphere.
Who Elected Clinton: A Collision of Values
John Green, Lyman Kellstedt, James Guth, and Corwin Smidt
Were there substantive issues in the 1996 presidential campaign?
As we look back, the election was instructive as to how the current
political alignments are divided. The authors describe these
divisions in a broad historical context.
A Christian View of Politics, Government, and Social Action
Mr. Anderson gives a Christian view on government and its relation
to human nature.
To Be Citizens Again
William A. Schambra
Many people vote for a candidate based on his or her position on
welfare issues. Since the New Deal, it has been common to
assume that the government should be responsible for the
well-being of all citizens. At one time Americans looked to what may be
called "mediating structures" to help those in need. Perhaps it is
time to reconsider helping the needy primarily through volunteer
The Problem With Liberalism
The author considers the philosophic principles of liberalism.
The Problem With Conservatism
The author criticizes what he believes are the core principles of
Who's Stupid Now?
This article briefly considers the conflict of ideas between liberalism
and conservatism in 20th century America.
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