Sunday, August 28, 2005

Various notes: family, materialism and the Left, etc.

Natural Law: Scott Klusendorf blasts those Christians who deny the existence of natural law. Such people assume what they deny - they "cannot even get their theology off the ground without assuming several foundational truths, all of which are under assault from the secular culture." And that's why it's important to defend those natural law truths in the public square.

Speaking of which, Sen. Rick Santorum has written a new book called "It Takes a Family," in which he argues that the family is the most fundamental institution of society. This contrasts with Hillary Clinton's similarly titled book, in which she argues for the collective raising of children. In effect, she wants big government to compensate for her desire for society to stray from natural law.

Santorum is one of America's most principled politicians.

Definitions from Melinda Penner: "Righteousness is the plumb line, the vertical relationship with God; justice is the level, the horizontal relationship with the world." They go hand in hand.

Philosophical materialism --> political liberalism:
In what I consider to be his most interesting column of late, Dennis Prager writes that the leftist worldview is steeped in philosophical materialism. This explains why, from Marx onward, leftists have had a deep dislike for religion. Prager also explains how leftists consistently value material things over non-material things, and how it seems that they simply don't understand non-material values.

Notably, however, leftists and secular humanists are inconsistent in their application of materialism (because they need some kind of meaning), so their total worldview is jumbled. But materialism helps explain their ideas.

More on Hillary: Jay Bryant writes that her grand plan all along has called for her to not run for reelection to the Senate in 2006. The announcement of her new female opponent will make this tougher.

Christianity and politics: Was Jesus a liberal (according to today's political definition)? A conversation with J. Budziszewski.

Ugly politics: George Will writes about how low the Democratic Party has stooped.

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