Office Hours: From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin with D.G. Hart

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  1. Office Hours

    Office Hours Puritan Board Freshman

    Office Hours talks with Darryl G. Hart, Adjunct Professor of Church History, about his recent book From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism, which argues that evangelicalism is (and always has been) a bad fit with classic political conservatism.

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  2. Scott1

    Scott1 Puritanboard Commissioner

    One might wonder what is suggested as a "good" fit for it?
    Is the suggestion Christians ought wholly cede politics over to.... whom does the author suggest?
    Many "evangelicals" didn't link with conservatives last election, they went with the current option last election, was that somehow a better fit?
  3. yeutter

    yeutter Puritan Board Senior

    The more I read and listen to Dr. Hart the more impressed I am with Dr. Hart as a biographer and an historian. Most Paleo-conservatives have Thomistic roots. Most Libertarians have Enlightenment roots. Mainstream Republicans are largely opportunistic, and lack a coherent political philosophy. Dr. Hart is correct Churches should be salt and light and call upon the civil state to do justice. How the Church and Christians should engage in the political sphere is not clear cut.
  4. Scott1

    Scott1 Puritanboard Commissioner

    What do you mean by this term? What party do the "paleo's" live in?

    What do you mean by libertarian? This generation, meaning no moral restraints on conduct (drugs, abortion, sex immorality) under the presumption it doesn't affect anyone and God doesn't matter unless He matters to you?

    Again, what do you mean by this term? Opportunistic compared to which other group? What other group of politicians are you saying is NOT opportunistic?

    Initially, I thought to agree, but on reflection, I don't think so.

    The church focuses on discipling believers (for all of life, every sphere) and evangelizes; the state is to be limited so that it does not infringe on the freedoms of a true believer. Occasionally, the church speaks truth to government and to culture when there is a clear and direct biblical imperative at stake, but this is limited. It is not the focus of the church.

    Believers will be fully involved in their personal capacities in every aspect of life, including politics and will certainly participate with the freedoms afforded them, especially religious liberty of all kinds. And will work to promote and preserve them so they may live peaceable lives as believers.
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