“Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society” by R. R. Reno

Friday, 30 Jun 2017

The cult of freedom in the United States also threatens to justify every ‘injustice, suffering, and social dysfunction’ as mere ‘choices.’
When you hear the phrase “Christian society,” your mind likely turns to Christendom. In his book The Religious Crisis of the 1960s (Oxford University Press, 2007), historian Hugh McLeod described Christendom as a place where Christian leaders have close ties to civil authorities, where laws originate from Christian convictions, everyone is assumed to be a Christian, and “Christianity provides a common language” (18). For Protestants, Christendom, with the papacy as the spiritual head, is not the most congenial model society. For those Protestants who are Presbyterian, their idea of a Christian society might conjure up sixteenth-century Scotland when the ...

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