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Church, State and Public Justice: Five Views

Church, State and Public Justice: Five Views

Abortion. Physician-assisted suicide. Same-sex marriages. Embryonic stem-cell research. Poverty. Crime. What is a faithful Christian response? The God of the Bible is unquestionably a God of justice. Yet Christians have had their differences as to how human government and the church should bring about a just social order. Although Christians share many deep and significant theological convictions, differences that threaten to divide them have often surrounded the matter of how the church collectively and Christians individually ought to engage the public square. What is the mission of the church? What is the purpose of human government? How ought they to be related to each other? How should social injustice be redressed? The five noted contributors to this volume answer these questions from within their distinctive Christian theological traditions, as well as responding to the other four positions. Through the presentations and ensuing dialogue we come to see more clearly what the differences are, where their positions overlap and why they diverge. The contributors and the positions taken include

  • Clarke E. Cochran: A Catholic Perspective
  • Derek H. Davis: A Classical Separation Perspective
  • Ronald J. Sider: An Anabaptist Perspective
  • Corwin F. Smidt: A Principled Pluralist Perspective
  • J. Philip Wogaman: A Social Justice Perspective

This book will be instructive for anyone seeking to grasp the major Christian alternatives and desiring to pursue a faithful corporate and individual response to the social issues that face us.

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Taking Atheism to the General Public – Edward Tabash – Part 1

Atheist Talk cable program by Minnesota Atheists. “Taking Atheism to the General Public – Edward Tabash” recorded 12/2/2006 What’s the best way for us to bring the good news of atheism to the public? Should we “bash” religion? Nationally known atheist speaker Edward Tabash will give us some tips. Edward Tabash is chair of the national legal committee for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He is an atheist debater and chairs the First Amendment Task Force for the Council for Secular Humanism. He is also a lawyer in Beverly Hills, California. You can visit his website at www.tabash.com. Minnesota Atheists practices positive, inclusive, active, friendly neighborhood atheism in order to: – Provide a community for atheists – Educate the public about atheism – Promote separation of state and church www.mnatheists.org Minnesota Atheists
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God and Public Relations Methods Make Church Renewal, Growth and Outreach Happen: Never Underestimate the Power of God

God and Public Relations Methods Make Church Renewal, Growth and Outreach Happen: Never Underestimate the Power of God

Is your congregation getting smaller? Let Pastor Richard Hayward help you bring more souls to your church. A longtime pastor and award-winning marketing director, Pastor Hayward blends his secular knowledge of marketing with his faith in the power of God to institute new programs and revamp old programs in order to bring more souls to a knowledge of God and Jesus Christ. His programs have been so successful in his own congregation that he has remained the pastor for nearly two decades in a church that, prior to his arrival, was going to be closed. Never underestimate the power of God.

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Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life

Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life

Since the 2000 presidential election, debate over the role of religion in public life has followed a narrow course as pundits and politicians alike have focused on the influence wielded by conservative Christians. But what about more mainstream Christians? Here, Steven M. Tipton examines the political activities of Methodists and mainline churches in this groundbreaking investigation into a generation of denominational strife among church officials, lobbyists, and activists. The result is an unusually detailed and thoughtful account that upends common stereotypes while asking searching questions about the contested relationship between church and state.

Documenting a wide range of reactions to two radically different events—the invasion of Iraq and the creation of the faith-based initiatives program—Tipton charts the new terrain of religious and moral argument under the Bush administration from Pat Robertson to Jim Wallis. He then turns to the case of the United Methodist Church, of which President Bush is a member, to uncover the twentieth-century history of their political advocacy, culminating in current threats to split the Church between liberal peace-and-justice activists and crusaders for evangelical renewal. Public Pulpits balances the firsthand drama of this internal account with a meditative exploration of the wider social impact that mainline churches have had in a time of diverging fortunes and diminished dreams of progress.

An eminently fair-minded and ethically astute analysis of how churches keep moral issues alive in politics, Public Pulpits delves deep into mainline Protestant efforts to enlarge civic conscience and cast clearer light on the commonweal and offers a masterly overview of public religion in America.
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Since the 2000 presidential election, debate over the role of religion in public life has followed a narrow course as pundits and politicians alike have focused on the influence wielded by conservative Christians. But what about more mainstream Christians? Here, Steven M. Tipton examines the political activities of Methodists and mainline churches in this groundbreaking investigation into a generation of denominational strife among church officials, lobbyists, and activists. The result is an unusually detailed and thoughtful account that upends common stereotypes while asking searching questions about the contested relationship between church and state.

Documenting a wide range of reactions to two radically different events—the invasion of Iraq and the creation of the faith-based initiatives program—Tipton charts the new terrain of religious and moral argument under the Bush administration from Pat Robertson to Jim Wallis. He then turns to the case of the United Methodist Church, of which President Bush is a member, to uncover the twentieth-century history of their political advocacy, culminating in current threats to split the Church between liberal peace-and-justice activists and crusaders for evangelical renewal. Public Pulpits balances the firsthand drama of this internal account with a meditative exploration of the wider social impact that mainline churches have had in a time of diverging fortunes and diminished dreams of progress.

An eminently fair-minded and ethically astute analysis of how churches keep moral issues alive in politics, Public Pulpits delves deep into mainline Protestant efforts to enlarge civic conscience and cast clearer light on the commonweal and offers a masterly overview of public religion in America.
(20070329)

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The Episcopal Church in Crisis: How Sex, the Bible, and Authority Are Dividing the Faithful (Religion, Politics, and Public Life Under the auspices of the Leonard E. Greenb)

The Episcopal Church in Crisis: How Sex, the Bible, and Authority Are Dividing the Faithful (Religion, Politics, and Public Life Under the auspices of the Leonard E. Greenb)

The current debate in the Episcopal Church in the United States (ECUSA) over its relationship with the worldwide Anglican Communion has been building for some time. Some Episcopalians (including priests, bishops, and dioceses) have broken or are considering breaking their historic affiliation with the current authoritative bodies of ECUSA because they believe they have betrayed the historic teachings and morality of the Anglican tradition. The author places this emerging crisis in context: historical, moral, theological, cultural, and ecclesiological. He explores how the rift between Episcopalians in the United States originated, how it is being played out now in the rift between the official representatives of ECUSA and the Anglican Communion, what the arguments are for and against all sides, and what are the prospects for either reconciliation at some level between the opposing parties or deepening schism in the future. Kirkpatrick explores the variety of contentious issues, rather than focusing just on the one that gets the most media attention: homosexuality.

The crisis in the Church goes much deeper than that, however, and involves issues of church, tradition, and biblical authority. The author provides necessary background but focuses primarily on the events that have occurred since 2003 when ECUSA approved the election and consecration of an openly gay bishop. While the situation continues to evolve and change, the book provides readers with an up-to-date account of the history of the crisis, an analysis of the conflicting arguments, and a contextual guide for understanding what might come next in this unfolding story.

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Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life

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Since the 2000 presidential election, debate over the role of religion in public life has followed a narrow course as pundits and politicians alike have focused on the influence wielded by conservative Christians. But what about more mainstream Christians? Here, Steven M. Tipton examines the political activities of Methodists and mainline churches in this groundbreaking investigation into a generation of denominational strife among church officials, lobbyists, and activists. The result is an unusually detailed and thoughtful account that upends common stereotypes while asking searching questions about the contested relationship between church and state.

Documenting a wide range of reactions to two radically different events—the invasion of Iraq and the creation of the faith-based initiatives program—Tipton charts the new terrain of religious and moral argument under the Bush administration from Pat Robertson to Jim Wallis. He then turns to the case of the United Methodist Church, of which President Bush is a member, to uncover the twentieth-century history of their political advocacy, culminating in current threats to split the Church between liberal peace-and-justice activists and crusaders for evangelical renewal. Public Pulpits balances the firsthand drama of this internal account with a meditative exploration of the wider social impact that mainline churches have had in a time of diverging fortunes and diminished dreams of progress.

An eminently fair-minded and ethically astute analysis of how churches keep moral issues alive in politics, Public Pulpits delves deep into mainline Protestant efforts to enlarge civic conscience and cast clearer light on the commonweal and offers a masterly overview of public religion in America.
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Instrumental Music in Public Worship: The Westminster Assembly

Instrumental Music in Public Worship: The Westminster Assembly

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Instrumental Music in Public Worship: The Westminster Assembly

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Instrumental Music in Public Worship: History Surrounding the Westminster Assembly

 

FROM: “INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC IN THE PUBLIC WORSHIP OF THE CHURCH”

 

By John L. Girardeau (Still Waters Revival Books, [1888] 2000), pp. 132, 133.

 

Before the Westminster Assembly of Divines undertook the office of preparing a Directory of Worship, the Parliament had authoritatively adopted measures looking to the removal of organs, along with other remains of Popery, from the churches of England. On the 20th of May, 1644, the commissioners from Scotland wrote to the General Assembly of their church and made the following statement among others: “We cannot but admire the good hand of God in the great things done here already, particularly that the covenant, the foundation of the whole work, is taken, Prelacy and the whole train thereof extirpated, the service-book in many places forsaken, plain and powerful preaching set up, many colleges in Cambridge provided with such ministers as are most zealous of the best reformation, altars removed, the communion in some places given at the table with sitting, THE GREAT ORGANS AT PAUL’S AND PETER’S IN WESTMINSTER TAKEN DOWN (emphasis added), images and many other monuments of idolatry defaced and abolished, the Chapel Royal at Whitehall purged and reformed; and all by authority, in a quiet manner, at noon-day, without tumult.”1 So thorough was the work of removing organs that the “Encyclopaedia Britannica” says that “at the Revolution most of the organs in England had been destroyed.”2

 

When, therefore, the Assembly addressed itself to the task of framing a Directory for Worship, it found itself confronted by a condition of the churches of Great Britain in which the singing of psalms without instrumental accompaniment almost universally prevailed. In prescribing, consequently, the singing of psalms without making any allusion to the restoration of instrumental music, it must, in all fairness, be construed to specify the simple singing of praise as a part of public worship. The question, moreover, is settled by the consideration that had any debate occurred as to the propriety of allowing the use of instrumental music, the Scottish commissioners would have vehemently and uncompromisingly opposed that measure. But Lightfoot, who was a member of the Assembly, in his “Journal of its Proceedings”3 tells us: “This morning we fell upon the Directory for singing of psalms; and, in a short time, we finished it.” He says that the only point upon which the Scottish commissioners had some discussion was the reading of the Psalms line by line.

 

ENDNOTES:

 

1. Girardeau cites this quotation from the Acts of Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 1644.

 

2. Girardeau cites Art., Organ.

 

3. Girardeau cites Works, Vol. xiii., pp. 343, 344; London, 1825.

 

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LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Austintown Township Trustees shall hold a Public Hearing on Monday, November 8, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. , at the Township Building, 82 Ohltown Road, Austintown, Ohio for consideration and final determination of the following case:

AMENDMENT 2010-03-Z

Reverend Father Peter Tomas, St. Anne Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic Church, 3055 South Raccoon Road, Austintown, Ohio, 44515, request the rezoning of a 14.35 acre portion of a parcel of land containing approximately 39.42 acres, Austintown Township, from a Residence R-1 District to a Business B-2 District. Proposed parcel number one (1) is rectangular in shape, has a frontage of 451 feet on Kirk Road and a frontage of 300 feet on South Raccoon Road. Proposed parcel number two (2) has a frontage of 200 feet on Kirk Road and a depth of 250 feet parallel to parcel number one. Proposed parcels numbers three (3) and four (4) have a combined frontage 650 feet on Kirk Road, a depth of 725 feet at the easterly side of proposed parcel number four, 720 feet on the westerly side of the proposed parcels numbers three and four, and an overall width of 651.52 feet. Said property is located at the northeast corner of the Kirk Road-South Raccoon Road intersection, has a frontage of 1,407 feet on Kirk Road and a frontage of 1,051 on South Raccoon Road; and is zoned as a Residential R-1 District in Austintown Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.

Text of the request may be viewed at the Austintown Township Zoning Office, 90 Westchester Drive, Austintown, Ohio, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. until time of the hearing.

David C. Ditzler, Chairperson
Austintown Township Trustees
Darren L. Crivelli, Zoning Inspector

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