where religion and politics meet

Everyone has a worldview. A worldview is what one believes about life: what is true, what is false, what is right, what is wrong, what are the rules, are there any rules, what is the meaning of life, what is important, what is not.

If a worldview includes a god/God, it is called a religion. If a bunch of people have the same religion, they give it a name.

Countries also have a worldview, a way of looking at life that directs government policies and laws and that contributes significantly to the culture. Ours used to be Christianity. Now it is secularism, which is practical atheism.

Some of us are trying to engage the government, the culture, and the people who live here to see life again from a Christian perspective and to show how secularism is both inadequate and just plain wrong.

A religion is not a culture, though it creates one. It is not what you prefer, like your taste in music or your favorite movie. It is what you believe to be true. Because it deals with things like God, much of its contents is not subject to the scientific method, but the reasons why one chooses to believe in God or a particular religion certainly demand serious investigation and critical thinking.

Every human being has the duty to search for and learn the truth about life. Education and science used to be valuable tools in this search, but science has chosen to answer the foundational questions without accepting the possibility of any supernatural causes, and education no longer considers the search to be necessary or worthwhile.

poligion: 1) the proper synthesis of religion and politics 2) the realization, belief, or position that politics and religion cannot be separated or compartmentalized, that a person’s religion invariably affects one’s political decisions and that political decisions invariably stem from one’s worldview, which is what a religion is.

If you are new to this site, I would encourage you to browse through the older articles. They deal with a lot of the more basic issues,

For now I want to focus my writing now articles specifically addressed to Christians. So most of my new posts will be on my other website listed below. I will continue to write and post short responses to newspaper columns and letters and even other articles as the inspiration hits me.

Visit my other websites theimportanceofhealing blogspot.com where I talk about healing and my book of the same name and LarrysBibleStudies.blogspot.com where I am posting all my other Bible studies. Follow this link to my videos on youtube:

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Thank you.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Religion and thinking

Religion and thinking

Greetings!

One of your readers suggested in Sunday’s paper (“Less religion, more thinking”) that people who distance themselves from religion are thinking for themselves and that this is progress.

A religion is simply a belief system, which everyone has.  A belief system is a person’s understanding and description of how life works, what is true, what is real.  A religion believes that there is a God, while an atheist, in his belief system, tries to explain life without God.  But we all have a belief system, or ‘religion.’ 

A person who believes in a religion is a person who recognizes that he or she is not able to answer many of the biggest questions of life from personal experience.  You can wait until you are on your deathbed to realize what things in life are really important, but why would you want to do that?

Religion provides a common point of reference, an authority outside of oneself to guide one’s life.  Without a point of reference, one mans’ survival of the fittest is the next mans holocaust.  One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. 

Whether or not one is religious will not tell you how much or how well a person thinks, but it can tell you a lot about how much a person wants the answers.

Thank  you.

Larry Craig
1938 Schiller Ave

Wilmette IL 60091

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