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Religion: spiritual or spare ritual?

Another things I wrote a couple of years ago, discussing how Progressive politics comes out of the Social Gospel. The Social Gospel comes from taking the supernatural or spiritual out of Chrisitianity. This is short so I don't cover everything there is about this progression. I am sure those reading will notice some obvious things I left out, but I wanted to focus on the religious, spiritual aspects, not so much the political. Paul wrote a letter toward the end of his life that in places sounds ominous.  Read the following verses and imagine a wind hardened face with kind eyes, an old man who looks frail.  But then he speaks, not with eloquence necessarily, but with undeniable authority. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters o

Defining Ordered Individualism - Part 2

In Ordered Individualism - Part 1 , I defined Ordered Individualism as a theory saying each person in society should be valued and their interests made a priority, similar to individualism.  But at the same time, no person should attempt to live isolated from others or seek to free themselves from traditional human relationships.  We are emotionally healthy when we are both recognized as unique and committed to act for the benefit of others.  Part 2 will look at 3 examples of why that is and how it works itself out practically.  First, let's examine the structure of the family. Individuals In The Family Probably the best description of God's design for families is found in Ephesians 5:22-6:4: Ephesians 5:22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands i