Re: [asa] Youth leaving churches because of old earth

From: Rich Blinne <>
Date: Thu Aug 06 2009 - 12:42:29 EDT

On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 9:46 AM, Schwarzwald <> wrote:

> I'd also agree with Richard Blinne that "de-politicizing" faith is
> important. Though I'd also stress that "de-politicizing" (not that he
> implied otherwise) does not simply mean "moving left", but disentangling the
> Church from partisan politics. I'd also add that there are many cases where
> I agree with the "religious right" on a specific issue, but strongly
> disagree with their approach or even rationale on such issues. But questions
> of politics and approach is a larger, thornier question on the whole anyway.

Thanks for the clarification as that's exactly what I mean. It's not moving
from "bad" politics to "good" politics but to transcend politics. The other
thing I mean by depoliticizing is which direction the arrow points between
the Bible and public policy. It's just fine to try to find a Biblical basis
for a position on the various social issues. What you shouldn't do -- but
what is invariably done -- is to start from a fixed policy position and
justify it post hoc from the Bible.

Rich Blinne
Member ASA

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