Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Legislating Christian Morals

Dick Keyes of the Massachusetts chapter of L'abri has an excellent article* on Christian influence in legislation and politics. Quote:
Christian people need to be engaged in political life while being able to convincingly deny any aspirations of theocracy. Of course we want to “legislate morality”. Everybody does. The transcendent source of our moral values should not disqualify us. But the morality that we want to legislate must be the moral principles of creation ethics. So it is surely necessary to be involved in legal issues of life and death, marriage and family, environment, economics and truth telling. But I have little sympathy for trying to force prayer to God into public schools against people that don’t want it.
The only question I have is what he means by "convincingly deny any aspirations of theocracy." I assume he means that to include not actually having any.

*They apparently do not permalink the articles until the next one is up, so I'll have to change accordingly in the spring.


2 comments:

Jamie McMorrin said...

Very interesting article- thanks.

Unfortunately, morality does not appear to count for much in today's society. On a vaguely similar vein, the British Home Secretary David Blunkett, as you may or may not have been aware, has just resigned over an affair in which he broke up the family of a married woman and fast-tracked the visa application of his lover's nanny. This was of course, immediately followed by clamourous babblings about how it should not matter what goes on in the private lives of the people running our countries. Eh?

Michael said...

Quote:
"This was of course, immediately followed by clamourous babblings about how it should not matter what goes on in the private lives of the people running our countries. Eh?"

Hey, sounds alot like a certain man that used to run my country!

Cheers, mate.