BP This Week: Chuck Colson, Christian Worldview, and Religious Freedom

Five years ago this week, Chuck Colson went to be with the Lord. John Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer reflect on his legacy as a minister to prisoners and as a teacher of worldview. That last concept is particularly important right now. The very idea of Christian worldview is under attack in the New York Times by a scholar who calls it a refuge for alternative religious realities that insulate believers from the facts. And with another challenge before the Supreme Court about the place of churches in society, it’s more important than ever that we understand what Chuck and other worldview thinkers taught: that everyone approaches life with a set of beliefs. No one is on truly neutral ground.

Be sure to check out our show-notes for links to the resources our hosts mention in this week’s broadcast.

Resources

BreakPoint: Remembering Chuck Colson’s New Life in Christ
  • Chuck Colson
  • BreakPoint
  • April 21, 2017
The Evangelical Roots of Our Post-Truth Society
  • Molly Worthen
  • The New York Times
  • April 13, 2017
Cornelius Van Til Ruined America? A Response to Molly Worthen
  • Owen Strachan
  • Center for Public Theology
  • April 19, 2017

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  • James V. Heene

    There are very few Christians who are aware of the ramifications that would ensue should the cultures of today decide that Secular Humanism is a valid alternative for meaningful life on earth and for eternity. It is imperative that Christians obtain at least the latest edition of the Humanist Manifesto revised in 2000 or the original Manifesto of 1933 and its revision of 1977. The signatories to the manifestoes are a “whose who” of leaders that influence all walks of everyday living as well as business, education, politics, health sciences ,science, environment and agriculture. The Humanists goals are to eliminate belief in the God of Christianity, reset morals and values, based , not on God or the Scriptures, but based on the value ascribed to people by their peers. The danger of this change will be seen after reading research papers entitled “The Halo Effect “. The research shows the shallowness of character deemed to be worthy of exemplary status and altruistic motives based on the exterior attractiveness alone of the person in question. This falls directly in line with the news report on Nov. 17 /16 that the election of Donald Trump would define his term as a “Post-Truth ” era, meaning , in an office where facts and truth are required for decision making, they are considered less important than feelings .
    The Church needs to rally and formulate an answer to Humanistic Philosophy. The early Churches, through their silence and reticense failed many believers looking to their churches for teaching and direction in the past.