Friday, February 18, 2005

Religion & Politics

  • Marvin Olasky has an answer to David Kuo's criticism of the Bush administration's subsidies to religious organizations: trust the magic of the marketplace. If Republican lawmakers would just get away from the inefficient guvmint, Olasky argues, we could implement more voucher-fueled social services, and everybody would be happy!

    Forgive us if we're a bit cynical on that score.

  • CT has an interesting stat from the Pew Center: "50%: Americans who believe the government should help more needy people, even if it means more national debt. 39%: 'Committed' evangelicals (those who attend church at least weekly) who say this."

  • Joan Chittister takes a baseball bat to the "moral values" argument.

  • Also from the National Catholic Reporter: Joe Feuerherd reports on the trouble the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops's 2004 voter's guide "Faithful Citizenship" ran into with more conservative elements in the church. Feuerherd's article reminds us of this post by Chuck Currie. There's no evidence of a IRD-style group trying to undermine Catholic polity for political ends. Not yet, anyway.

  • The Chicago Sun-Times looks at Chicago evangelicals and their relative lack of political muscle in the Windy City. Did you know that horrormeister Wes Craven graduated from Wheaton College the year before Dennis Hastert? Something to think about.

  • And one last one: Madman in the Marketplace has a post up at Liberal Street Fighter about fear, and how it's taken over American culture. It's pretty good, and you should go read it. We'll only add this: in the church, we often talk about fear being driven by a "theology of scarcity." Meaning there's not enough money, or security, or grace to go around. The trick for the faithful--and it sounds like for Americans in general--is to learn to live into God's plenty.

At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Madman in the Marketplace said...

Thanks for the cite, pastordan. I'm glad you liked it.

You guys have a great blog here. I found it a week or so ago from a link at dkos. Great design, with a fresh outlook on the intersection btwn faith, politics and culture.

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