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Where “Non-Discrimination” of LGBT Has Brought Us

The Blaze has just reported on Evergreen State College in Washington state, a school that has a non-discrimination policy, following state mandates that transgendered persons cannot be discriminated against. In other words, persons who have a set of genitalia belonging to one gender, but who perceive themselves to be the opposite gender, must be allowed to use campus facilities restricted to that gender. At Evergreen the uproar is over 45-year old wo/man Colleen Francis. Francis [...]

The Real Purpose of the First Amendment

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This is the first part of the First Amendment, the part that deals with religious liberty. People often misunderstand its intent, and thus misuse it in public discourse. The purpose of the amendment is to limit the power of Congress. Congress can make no law that establishes any religious tradition as a federal church, nor can it prohibit people [...]

I Am Responsible

A few days ago, President Obama said that he was responsible for the Benghazi situation. It is one thing to say, “I am responsible.” It is another to spell out that responsibility, the kind of specificity that has been lacking for four years. The president has said over and over again, “We will do a full investigation. When we discover just what happened, we will tell you.” We appreciate that. Of course, the Senate hearings [...]

Clash of Titans: Atlas Shrugged, John Galt, and Jesus Christ

Tom Pratt and I have written a new Kindle book analyzing Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged from a Christian perspective. Rand was an atheist, but she was also a realist about politics and economics, and her views deserve a hearing in light of the drift toward Socialism in America today. We present an analysis that shows where she is right and where she is wrong. Check it out! http://www.amazon.com/Clash-Titans-Shrugged-Christ-ebook/dp/B009L5QWL6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349361229&sr=1-1&keywords=Chad+Brand+Atlas+Shrugged Share this post:Tweet

The Five Political Points of Calvinism

Here is an excerpt from my forthcoming book with Tom Pratt, Seeking the City. One of the great questions that has been raised by historians is whether or not John Calvin’s views were the basis of later Republicanism, such as that which prevailed in the American experience in the 1770’s and 1780’s. The best answer seems to be that Jefferson and Madison worked out an approach to government that was consistent with some Calvinist ideals, [...]

The Government Belongs to Us

“Government is the only thing that we all belong to. We have different churches, different clubs, but we’re together as a part of our city, or our county, or our state, and our nation.” So said the host committee of the DNC in a video that was shown at the convention Tuesday. I have one question. Did any of these people take a high school civics course? Or, maybe they did, and the problem lies [...]

A Labor Day Theology of Work, and a Slight Historical Revision

This is Labor Day, a day in which we, uh, do no labor (except writing this blog). I have recently written two books that deal with, among other things, a theology of work. One is by Tom Pratt and me, Seeking the City: Christian Faith and Political Economy, A Biblical, Theological, Historical Study. This book will be out in early 2013 from Kregel, and a portion of it will appear as an ebook this Fall [...]

Martin Luther King and Baptist Flourishing

[The following is a brief excerpt from the forthcoming book on Baptists and Political Economy (still untitled) that I have written for the Acton Institute. The book will be available in November.] One of the most influential Baptist ministers of the twentieth century was Martin Luther King, Jr. King was educated in the liberalizing (or neo-orthodox) theology that was prominent in the 1940s, studying under stellar scholars such as Reinhold Niebuhr. Though Niebuhr was no [...]

Most Influential Books in My Life

I saw that another SBTS faculty member posted a list of spiritual classics. I have been often asked by students and church members about the books that have most influenced my life. I am going to do a Top Ten with some annotations, and then I will list some “honorable mention” books. Except for the first one, they are in no necessary order, and if I wrote this a year from now the list might [...]

Mountain Madness

Here is a guest blog from my good friend, Tom Pratt, who lives in the Greater Denver area. MOUNTAIN MADNESS In the wake of yet another mass murder event in Colorado (Columbine High School well-remembered and the Chucky Cheese Pizza saga not so well and more recently the killings at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, curtailed by a female armed security person) some mile high city residents and others perhaps across the country wonder [...]