Christianity & the Western Political Tradition: How Did Christianity Influence Western Governments?The Change in Location back to the Holiday Inn
Dr. Glenn Sunshine
Professor of Reformation and Early Modern European History, Central Connecticut State University - See more at http://www.ccsu.edu/history
Who will shape American Governments in the 21st Century?
"For a society to function effectively and have stability, there must be broad agreement on a core set of values... drawn from a conception of what it means to be human... which in turn presupposes a set of values about the world, truth, and morality." (Why You Think the Way You Do)
These words from our speaker are pregnant with challenge to the church. This Essential Cultural Consensus about ethics has faded as our influence has waned and nowhere more prominently than in governing.
"A nation unfamiliar with its historical roots is easily transformed."
Is it possible for America to return to having a positive view of government? One of the primary weapons that has been used against Christianity has been historical revisionism. No place have the Progressives been more effective than in changing the essential functioning of our government. This has happened partially because we do not understand our political tradition. Their first volley was to convince us that Christianity had no interest in politics.
● Did God gift the Founding Fathers with a unique wisdom about forming a government?
● What was "the story" behind this process and what should governments look like today?
Understanding the roots of our Government
● The ethical fiber of America is changing at warp speed and most of this change is coming in the political arena. Remember, the Courts originate in that arena also.
● While much of the church remains apathetic about political involvement, activists in the Progressive Left are the opposite. Even when Christians want to get involved, they encounter a learning curve that often discourages them.
It all starts with understanding who we are in God, returning to His pattern for government.
● Glenn will help us understand why Christians have always seen government as a proper investment of their resources.
● Western governmental traditions have the potential to help transform America and return the Christian worldview back to the position it once held. Christian Foundation and Worldview Lecture Series
Friday night at 7:00 pm and Saturday morning at 9:00 am - April 17-18th, 2015.
Holiday Inn, "Montana Convention Center", 5500 Midland Road, Billings
What were the key elements that formed the governments of the West?
- The possibility of a positive view of government.
- Understanding separation of Church and State.
- The need for limited influence.
- Awareness of dangers of corruption.
- The right of the people's influence and voice.
- The idea of free market economics - founded on Christian principles.
- The goodness of work and vocation, property rights, responsibilities about wealth and prosperity... from the Bible.
- Human Rights - Imago Dei, man created in the Image of God.
- Argues against abortion, assisted suicide, and slavery.
- Argues for religious liberties and inalienable rights.
- Charity as an institutional work - what is this history?
- Hospitals, schools, caring for widows and orphans... did the Progressives invent this?
6:30 pm - Registration: Meet and greet, and book opportunity
7:00 - 8:10 pm - Key elements that make the governments of the West what they are and the reflections of Christian theologians.
8:20 - 9:15 pm -Christianity and Economics - the base s for free market.
Saturday Morning Agenda:
8:30 am - Registration: Meet and greet, and book opportunity
9:00 - 10:10 am - How was Christianity the Source of Human Rights?
10:20 - 11:30 am - How was Christianity the Source of Charity?
Upcoming Seminars- John Stonestreet - Summit Ministries Director of Curriculum and Executive Director of the Colson Center Sept 25-26th 2015 No Virtue, No Freedom - the Connection between Morality and Free Society
- Dr. Mark David Hall - Professor of Political Science, George Fox University. Religious Liberty in America: From the Founders to Barack Obama - Join us Nov. 13-14th 2015
- J. Warner Wallace - Cold-Case Christian Ministries. Wallace uses his nationally recognized skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence behind Christian beliefs. Jan. 15-16th 2016
- Scott Klusendorf - Life Training Institute. Are the Unborn Members of the Human Family? Making the Pro-Life Argument. Feb. 26-27th 2016
Dick Pence - Coordinator 406-534-2019 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributions to: Big Sky Worldview Forum, c/o Donna Braun, 333 S. 38th St. W., Billings, MT 59102
Our SpeakerDr. Glenn Sunshine ~ Professor of Renaissance/Reformation and Early Modern European History Glenn has taught and spoken across America and in Europe. He teaches Renaissance and Reformation History, Early Modern European History, the Black Death, the Crusades, the History of Christianity, and Economic and Military History. He also teaches worldview issues at the Colson Center. He is the author of several books including: Why You Think the Way You Do - The Story of Western Worldviews from Rome to Home; The Reformation for Armchair Theologians, and the award winning Reforming French Protestantism. He appears in Acton Media's The Birth of Freedom and Doing the Right Thing, an ethics curriculum by the Colson Center. Glenn holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance/Reformation History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and his wife Lynn have a daughter, Elizabeth, and a son, Brendan.
Why do we demand Truth from a medicine bottle but not in morality or religion?Complete Program and Event Brochure
- Frank argues that truth is based in correspondence to an absolute reality, and is therefore not subjective. It therefore follows that religious truth is also objective, and that to state that there is no truth or that truth is subjective is self-refuting.
- After arguing for the objectivity of truth, Turek then argues for the objectivity of knowledge. He asks those who argue that one cannot know anything for sure if they can know that for sure.
- Frank concludes by saying that people cannot be skeptics about everything, because then they would have to doubt skepticism.
- Frank will weave the argument into his presentations that every law has a moral base. The only question is "whose morality"
- Here he exposes the fallacious thinking of that growing "ism" - Libertarianism