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THE CREATIONAL ORDINANCES: A BIBLICAL MODEL FOR SOCIETY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 17:49

The Neo-Calvinist or neo-kuyperian Concept of "Spheres"

The following material outlines the basic God-given structures, or systems of influence, of Society.  They are grounded in the creational ordinances found in the Book of Genesis. This is an important theoretical and idealistic concept basic to Neo-Calvinism.  Each of these Spheres has specific functions and norms or boundaries.  They are permanent forms even though the actual members of them at any specific time and place may vary.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013 17:56
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SUBSIDIARITY: KEY PRINCIPLE FOR SOCIAL POLICY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 18:20

One of the key principles of Catholic social thought is known as the principle of subsidiarity. This tenet holds that nothing should be done by a larger and more complex organization which can be done as well by a smaller and simpler organization. In other words, any activity which can be performed by a more decentralized entity should be. This principle is a bulwark of limited government and personal freedom. It conflicts with the passion for centralization and bureaucracy characteristic of the Welfare State.

http://www.acton.org/pub/religion-liberty/volume-6-number-4/principle-subsidiarity

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NEO-CALVINISM: NOT CONSERVATISM PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 18:10

Conservative Republicans, and especially Tea Party members, rail against Big Government and continually are heard to say they want less government in their lives and affairs. The Bible is very clear that God instituted civil government as such and that it exists to serve Him.  Civil Government is essentially good.  The problem is not the size of civil Government.  The problem is that God has limited the function of Government and  those limits have been breached.  Christians need to learn about "Sphere Sovereignty".  It provides a Biblical basis  for Social or Public Policy and should be the basis of our attitude toward Civil Government.

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Progressive-Conservative Values PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 16:28

The comparison made in the post below between Progressive and Conservative values came from notes I had made while reading a very interesting article written by Donn Mitchell, about an amazing woman, Frances Perkins.  She was a major influence behind FDR's New deal and particularly Social Security legislation.  In turn, she was highly motivated by her liberal Episcopalian Faith.

http://www.anglicanexaminer.com/Perkins-1.html

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COMPARING PROGRESSIVES AND CONSERVATIVES PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 14:53

DOMINANT BELIEFS/VALUES HELD BY PROGRESSIVES

  • Liberalism: People are basically good
  • State as gracious, generous Sovereign to be trusted and obeyed
  • Etatism (Belief that government [Elites] should control the economy or social policy or both)
  • Socialism
  • The Common good, solidarity (We the People)
  • Social Justice/Public Welfare
  • Corporate relationships
  • Realism, pragmatism
  • Compassion, mercy by all for all


DOMINANT BELIEFS/VALUES HELD BY CONSERVATIVES

  • Calvinism/Puritanism: human nature is sinful
  • State as Servant, to be used but not trusted
  • Idealism, Rationalism
  • Individualism, person-centered
  • Voluntarism, Associations
  • Personal responsibility, personal righteousness
  • Discipline, judgment, punishment
  • Meritocracy
  • Middle-class
  • Free-market Capitalism

[OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS AND CONTRADICTIONS HERE]

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