Engaging Culture

Why Faith Needs to Be Part of the Cultural Conversation

In this age where militant atheism is fighting to keep God out of the public square, one of the most powerful arguments for keeping faith in the cultural conversation actually came from Barack Obama when he spoke at the Sojourners/Call to Renewal Conference.  I think it’s worth writing down and using the next time someone tries to tell you to keep your faith at home:

“Secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square.  Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King – indeed, the majority of great reformers in American history – were not only motivated by faith but repeatedly used religious language to argue for their cause.  To say that men and women should not inject their “personal morality” into public policy debates is a practical absurdity.  Our law is by definition a codification of morality, much of it grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition.”

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  1. My favorite book on this subject is starting to age, but still full of good ideas: "The Culture of Disbelief" by Stephen Carter. It will change your life.

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