RE: Four-Fold Foundation or “Truth or Dare” with Darryl Hart
O.k. time for me to stop waiting for the dare and dealing with truth.
The problem of toleration/ liberty of conscience is always with us, even in a secular setting. To what degree do we allow the propagation of subversive “faiths” is difficult (and becoming more so because of radical Islam).
Here on the blog, I have tried to advocate for a form of “confessional localism”. Within a broadly Trinitarian national context, I advocate for the existence “establishments” at the township or even county levels.
As originally intended, the First Amendment would provide no stumbling block to such a situation.
This does not answer the question of what to do with non-Christian religions (although I assume some form of toleration would be allowed for all but the most militant and dangerous faiths), but does answer the problem of pluralism among Christian denominations.
I just finished reading Barry Alan Shain’s The Myth of American Individualism, and am convinced that “confessional localism” is the only hope of restoring authentic localism and Christ honoring community.
What seems to divide us is the question of whether “nations” and “states” are moral persons or simply an aggregate of all the individuals that live within it. I believe them to be moral persons, and with Burke, affirm them to be a compact of the dead, the living, and those yet to come.
Now, if nations are organic entities greater than the sum of its parts, then they are morally responsible. If they are morally responsible, the first commandment applies to them. If the first commandment applies to them, then they must honor the true God. If they must honor the true God, then they must confess the Kingship of Jesus Christ (since all authority has been placed in His hands).
More on the organic nature of nations next month…