The tyranny of the Welfare States we currently live under (throughout the world, but the West especially) is a direct outfall of “two-kingdoms” style theology. By setting up a false division between heavenly and secular matters, the Church has consistently mismanaged its wealth and abdicated its social responsibilities. Then, when the poor—even the poor within the Church—come into need, they are told, or it is assumed, that their needs shall be met by the civil order (which is presumably not Christian, or quasi-Christian at best). How’s it look for Christian charity when the Christians direct their own to the pagans for charity? And when the pagans got their funds through theft to begin with?
Patrick Fairbairn is most well-known for his work on Typology, but he wrote a tremendous amount besides that. In one of what is perhaps his least known works, his commentary on the pastoral epistles, there is a good discussion of the New Testament’s view of slavery (tucked away in an appendix, pp. 432–451). But despite […]
Several of you have said you “can’t wait” until my book on Southern slavery and racism comes out. I have tried to keep from letting my studies in that area spill much into my general daily-type posts; but this bit was too rich, and too powerful, theologically speaking, to wait. There is SO much more […]
I have obviously heard this argument many times before, but perhaps not in as outrageously absolute terms. John MacArthur, Jr., via partner-in-intellectual-crime Todd Friel, just posted their radical version of the classic dualism between theology and politics and the alleged irrelevance of “earthly” stuff to the kingdom of God. Let me say up front there is […]
There is always a lot of talk here and there among Christians, Christian leaders, and Christ pundits concerning the so-called “culture war.” Most of it is disappointing at some level. Much of it is filled with pessimism and is deeply discouraging. Just a few comments for today: Not too long ago, Todd Starnes published a […]
In one of my recent lectures at the Providential History Festival, I quoted this important insight from R. W. Southern: [I]t is important to appreciate the forces which confined and directed the development of the church, for ecclesiastical history is often written as if these forces did not exist, or existed only to be overcome. […]