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Biblical Guidelines in chosing a Candidate for President PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 19:23


For several months now I have been searching the Word to find God-given Principles for my self and, hopefully, for others as well to guide us in how we chose a Candidate for President this very confusing and conflicted year.  I have found the study fascinating, but also very complex.  Here is a Summary so far.  I know the issues people "on the street" talk about have to do with jobs, credit, debt and taxes- the fall-out of the "Great Recession" and how to recover and "get back on track again- Economics.  Of course there are many other Issues, from Immigration to the War on Terror and trouble in the Middle East- Foreign Policy.  But, underneath all this debate is a more fundamental one:  what is to be the purpose and extent of the Federal Government in our lives.  Connected most often with that Topic is another: Human Rights.  What are they and what does Government have to do with them?

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Is violent Civil Disobedience ever justified? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 11:20

Francis Schaeffer presents an extensive argument from Scripture and History in support of Civil Disobedience in his "Christian Manifesto".  I will use it as a basis to formulate my own understanding of the subject vis-a-vis how the Colonials were thinking prior to the American Revolution.  We have already established elsewhere that there is a Biblical basis for believing

1.  Government as such is instituted by God for the well-being of a Country

2.  A particular King [or Substitute] is subservient to God and exists as His servant and is accountable to Him for his actions

3.  A King serves his people but that must be under the Law of God and according to it.

4.  As such, the People must obey and support the King (pay taxes)

5.  This arrangement between God and King and People is a Covenant or Contract. 

6.  If and when a King [or Substitute] puts Himself above the Law of God and does not serve Him, ie- if he should break the Covenant, the People are not to obey him. To do so would be to disobey God!  They believe that God will judge the King and remove him in time.

Most Biblical Christians will agree with these propositions. Certainly the majority of people in Medieval Europe, England and the Colonists agreed.  More debate comes with the next point.

7.  Civil disobedience to an ungodly King and suffering for it is not enough in some cases. If the King's actions threatened to destroy the Country or all the Christians in it, the latter have the duty to resist, by violence if necessary. 

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Summary of Study re Government PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 02 December 2011 15:28

I have been studying the history and origins of America's Founding Documents for several months now.  A person could (and many have) devoted their careers to studying, writing and teaching on this Subject.  It has been fascinating and I want to learn more.  But I have reached the point where I can draw conclusions and be personally satisfied that there is adequate, ample evidence for them.  I will add more Essays, but here for now is a brief Summary-

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America's Civil Religion Today PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 11 November 2011 01:53

We all know American has a plurality of Religions.  All the major organized Religions of the world can be found in our Country along with versions of Judaism and Roman Catholicism and hundreds of kinds of Protestant Denominations and independent religous groups. Beyond all that, some academics believe that many Americans are Civil Religionists.  An article in WIKIPEDIA on the subject states, "Civil Religion is a distinct cultural phenomenon within American society which is not embodied in American politics or denominational religion."

Jim Skillen is the former president of the Center for Public Justice (U.S.)- an evangelical "Think Tank" on Public Policy.  In the current issue of Perspective, the Newsletter of the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, CN, Skillen says the name "Civil Religion" is no longer in vogue, but he is convinced, nevertheless, that many people still hold to its tenets. 

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18th Century Civil Religion and the Declaration PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 11 November 2011 01:48

Much is made of Deism in the study of American History in the late 18th-early 19th Centuries.  It could be called the European Enlightenment in religious form.  In Early America, a form of Deism became America's Civil Religion.

Beginning with the Pilgrims (1620) and the Puritans, Doctrines of Calvinism had dominated  Colonial Thought and practices for some 80 years.  By 1700 Calvinism showed signs of serious weakening and was becoming more a Tradition than a living Faith and churches had become dormant.  A Revival called the Great Awakening broke out in all the Colonies.  It began in the 1730's with Jonathan Edwards in Northampton Massachusetts, lost some of its vigor until the arrival of George Whitfield from England and others who came in his trail and really blazed up and down the Eastern Coast well into the 1740's.  Then it abruptly ended.  By 1760 a New Faith began to make itself known.. It would become known as the Religion of the Republic or simply, "Civil Religion"  Calvinism was still prevalent in 1776, but no longer dominant. The Awakening had introduced alternative Christian Beliefs and practices which eventually led to the dominance of Arminianism and the almost total rejection of Calvinism by Christians. It further led to the adoption of Arianism (Unitarianism) and what we now call "Liberalism".

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