Good Christian? Bad Christian? It all depends on who’s doing the evaluating. The reaction to Jerry Falwell Jr.’s comments on encouraging students at Liberty University to be armed in case there is an ISIS attack at the school has led to a great deal of theological and political angst. Brian D. McLaren, described as “one […]
While it is helpful to remind ourselves that the technical definition of “Socialism” is quite narrow, and that by that definition we must understand “Socialism” is indeed a dead political and economic philosophy, let’s not be so black-and-white minded that we ignore the obvious. Whether the government technically owns the means of production, or whether the government […]
Not too long ago, world-renowned Harvard historian, Niall Ferguson, lectured and wrote on the collapse of great empires in history. While I disagree with a few of his ideas, his presentation is solid, and his contributions have an important theme: that of monumental changes in societies happening not gradually, but suddenly. Our savior, of course, taught the lesson more […]
NOTE: This re-published essay and many more like it are available in my eBook, Inglorious Kingdoms: Saving the Public Square from the Tyrannies of Bad Theology. *** The radical two-kingdoms perspective has recently addressed homosexual marriage. The result has been erudition in the service of confusion. This result includes the familiar R2K progression: 1) There is […]
A reader recently sent us an email regarding socialism and the Bible. His friend, he says, contends that socialism is biblical. I hear this all the time. Having just completed the manuscript for my refutation of some modern Christian Socialists – Ronald Sider, Tony Campolo, and Jim Wallis – I felt the unction to reply to this claim.
Sometime around AD 405, a sixteen year-old boy strolling the English seaside was attacked by pirates. They kidnapped him and sold him on the slave market to a chieftain in Northern Ireland who forced him to herd pigs. The young man endured filth, the elements, separation from family, and years of servitude. Yet the open […]