In God We Trust
Oct. 2008 - Vol I, No. 6
Culture War Heating Up
John McCain or Barack
The Church in Eclipse
What Would Jesus Do?
LIBERAL: “We believe that human nature is inherently good and it is only the exterior social conditions that make people do bad things. We believe it is up to the State to redeem mankind by changing the social conditions that produce all the bad things in the world!”
CONSERVATIVE: “Human nature is fallen and can only be redeemed by God—it is the fallen nature of man that corrupts societies, not the other way around. Moreover the only legitimate excuse that your ‘State’ has for existing in the first place is to protect the unalienable rights we derive from God....”
LIBERAL (interrupting): “God? Which god? Whose god? Your god???"
CONSERVATIVE: “The Creator of the universe―the God of the Bible...”
LIBERAL (laughing out loud): “The Bible is a fairy tale and your so-called ‘god’ is a product of your own backward imagination! Where have you been? Haven’t you ever heard of science? Haven’t you ever heard of Darwin? Haven’t you ever heard of Einstein and relativity? Haven’t you ever heard of quantum indeterminacy? We human beings are products of random processes enjoying a gratuitous, carefree and gay existence in an indeterminate universe in which there is no god, there are no absolutes, reality is observer-dependent and anything goes... as long as you don't step on anyone's toes or hurt anyone's feelings!”
CONSERVATIVE: “No! We live in a rational universe created by a rational God who alone determines right and wrong, good and evil...”
LIBERAL (interrupting again): “Bunk! Enough of your monotheistic bigotry and intolerance! Right and wrong, good and evil are situational, socially construed, and depend on one’s point of view! You, my misguided friend, need to shed your narrow, dogmatic point of view and show a little more respect for science, diversity, multiculturalism and political correctness...”
From abortion, homosexuality and euthanasia to free enterprise, the role of government and the American military, on all of these core issues the contradiction between the worldview of left and the worldview of the right is positively irreconcilable. When the culture war is over one worldview will emerge as dominant and the other will go down in defeat. That’s what the “shaking” of this eleventh hour is all about (refer to Hebrews 12:26–28).
What is America’s culture war really all about?
Who are the warring factions and what do they really want?
What set of beliefs drives the ideology of the conservative right?
What set of beliefs drives the ideology of the liberal left?
How do these beliefs divide America when it comes to:
“The purpose and content of this book are clearly stated in the subtitle, Understanding the Culture War in a Scientific Age: The Pitched Battle for the Soul of America. I think the author has contributed significantly toward fulfilling this purpose. I am particularly impressed by the selection and integration of principles and presuppositions in the early chapters, followed by application of these principles in subsequent chapters. He adheres to the Judeo-Christian worldview, but the book should be of significance and interest to readers whatever their worldview may be.”
—Robert B. Fischer, Ph.D.
“Most great movements of history have launched only after one great book has stirred the hearts of men. Such a book is In God We Trust by Victor Shane which makes the moral argument for America’s third great religious reawakening. When the battle is ultimately won and civilization is successfully defended, history will remember the book that started it all.”
—Rabbi Daniel Lapin,
American Alliance of Jews
“Though Victor and I have different understandings of the details of religion, Victor being a devout Christian and I being an orthodox Jew, clearly in his book, In God We Trust, we share identical views regarding the desperate need for a return to the Biblically based moral code that once prevailed in American society and upon which America was founded. Victor has put into words the concerns and desires of the silent majority of Americans which must cease to be silent.”
—Gerald Schroeder, Ph.D.,
Jerusalem, Israel http://www.geraldschroeder.com/
Copyright © 2008 Victor Shane