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The Fight for the Soul of the West. Part 2 The War in the West – Culture Wars. Session 2.9 The Fight for the Soul of the West Session 2.10 Freedom Is Rooted in Biblical Theism Session 2:11 Militant Atheism Session 2:12 The Consequences of Atheism

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Part 2 The War in the West – Culture Wars

  • Session 2.9 The Fight for the Soul of the West

  • Session 2.10 Freedom Is Rooted in Biblical Theism

  • Session 2:11 Militant Atheism

  • Session 2:12 The Consequences of Atheism

  • Session 2:13 “The Days Have Come Down in the West!”


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Outline

  • The Nature of the Culture Wars

    • The Challenge

    • Two Nations – One Geography

    • No Neutrality

    • Battle Ground Issues

    • Who Is on the Offense?

    • Changing the Story

    • A New Metaphor

  • The Cause of the Culture Wars – Worldview Shift


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The Nature of the Culture Wars

The Challenge


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“Culture Wars”

  • There is a conflict going on for the soul of the West.

  • It is a battle of ideas, two conflicting worldviews.



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Two Americas

“[W]hen I see the American flag, I go, 'Oh my God, you're insulting me.' That you can have a gay parade on Christopher Street in New York, with naked men and women on a float cheering, 'We're here, we're queer!' — that's what makes my heart swell. Not the flag, but a gay naked man or woman burning the flag. I get choked up with pride.

Janeane Garofalo

Comedian and Political Activist


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The Nature of the Culture Wars

Two Nations –

One Geography


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Europe and the USA

“The biblical references in politics, the division of the world between good and evil, these are things that we simply don't get …. In a number of areas, it seems to me that we are no longer part of the same civilization.”

Francois Heisbourg

Director

The Foundation of Strategic Research, Paris


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Two Nations – One Geography

“We are no longer one nation under God. We are two separate nations with two distinct and incompatible moral visions.”

Rabbi Daniel Lapin

America’s Real War


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Two Nations – One Geography

“We no longer inhabit the same moral universe. We are no longer a moral community. We are two countries. One part of America has seceded, and the other has no interest in re-establishing the Union.”

Patrick J. Buchanan


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It is not a battle of:

Republican vs. Democrat

Black vs. White

Women vs. Men

Rural vs. Urban

Old vs. Young

Christians vs. Jews

Protestant vs. Catholic

It is a battle of:

Sacred belief systems

Worldviews

Ideologies

“Theologies” – Theists vs. Atheists

Different moral visions

Cultural stories

The Battle


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Theism

One nation under God

Transcendent reality

People of The Book - Reason and Revelation

Atheism

One nation under man

Nature

People of the Enlightenment -Reason without revelation

Two Faith Systems


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A House Divided

"A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand"

Abraham Lincoln

June 1858


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The Nature of the Culture Wars

No Neutrality


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No Neutrality

“These two world views [Judeo-Christian theism and Secular Humanism] stand as totals in complete antithesis to each other in content and also in their natural results —including sociological and governmental results, and specifically including law….”

Francis A. Schaeffer


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No Neutrality

“…. It is not that these two world views are different only in how they understand the nature of reality and existence. They also inevitably produce totally different results. The operative word here is inevitably. It is not just that they happen to bring forth different results, but it is absolutely inevitable that they will bring forth different results.”

Francis A. Schaeffer

The Christian Manifesto


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The Nature of the Culture Wars

Battle Ground Issues


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Where Are You Firing?

  • Look at this picture. Who is each ship firing at? What will the results be?


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Creation

Made for a purpose

Life after death

Evolution

Cosmic accident

No life after death

ISSUE - Where did we come from?Where are we going?


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Imago Dei

Inalienable rights

Sacredness of life

Pro-life

Active euthanasia is murder

Female & male valued

Human beings responsible for their actions

An Animal

Survival of the fittest

Quality of life

Pro-abortion

Active euthanasia

“Male value system”

Actions result from neuro-chemical responses; no human responsibility

Issue - Humankind


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Issue – Human Life

“To the one side, the 25 million abortions in 20 years are a testament to freedom and progress; to the other, they are the benchmark of a society literally hellbent on suicide.”

Patrick J. Buchanan

The Cultural War for the Soul of America


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Moral absolutes

Absolute truth

Freedom of religion

The Book has authority over man

Moral relativism

Relative truth

Freedom from religion

Man has authority over The Book

Issues



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The Nature of the Culture Wars

Who Is on the Offense?


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Who Is on the Offense?

“The great conflict of the 21st century may be between the West and terrorism. But terrorism is a tactic, not a belief. The underlying battle will be between modern civilization and anti-modernist fanatics; between those who believe in the primacy of the individual and those who believe that human beings owe blind allegiance to a higher authority; ….”

Robert B. Reich

Former Secretary of Labor


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Who Is on the Offense?

“…between those who give priority to life in this world and those who believe that human life is no more than preparation for an existence beyond life; between those who believe that truth is revealed solely through scripture and religious dogma, and those who rely primarily on science, reason, and logic. Terrorism will disrupt and destroy lives. But terrorism is not the only danger we face….”


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Freedom from Religion

Hitler and the Third Reich were fighting against

“… the God of the deserts, that crazed, stupid, vengeful, Asiatic despot, with the power to make laws! … that poison with which both Jews and Christians have spoiled and soiled the free, wonderful instincts of man….”

Adolph Hitler


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Freedom from Religion

“ “The greatest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity.”

Adolph Hitler

“WeshallnotrestuntilwehaverootedoutChristianity.”

Heinrich Himmler

Head of the Nazi Gestapo


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The Nature of the Culture Wars

Changing the Story


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Changing the StoryChanging the Language

Theology - Psychology

Sin - Sickness

Pastor/Priest - Psychiatrist

Words - Images


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The Nature of the Culture Wars

A New Metaphor


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“Take Captive Every Thought”

3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

St. Paul

2 Corinthians 10:3-5


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“Take Captive Every Thought””

  • Greek

    • aichmalotizo /aheekh·mal·o·tid·zo/

    • Translated - “bring into captivity”

    • Metaphorically: to capture one’s mind, captivate

  • English – To overpower and gain with excellence or beauty; to charm; to engage the affections; to bind in love.


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The Cause of the Culture Wars

Worldview Shift


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THEISM

DEISM

ATHEISM

MONISM

EVANGELICAL GNOSTICISM

Worldview Shift


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Biblical Theism-Foundation of Western Civilization



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Coram Deo: before the face of God


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Deism – The Enlightenment


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Atheism - Modernism


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Coram Deo: before the face of God



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Reaction

“Fundamentalists”

Evangelicals

Pentecostals

Charismatics

Accommodation

“Liberals”

Old-Line

Denominations

Secularism

Church

Church Divided


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Faith

Theology

Ethics

Missions

Devotional Life

Gospel

Reason

Science

Business/economics

Politics

Art/music

Physical ministry

Bread

The Greek Dichotomy

Higher

more important

SPIRITUAL

(sacred)

GRACE

Sunday

Lower

less important

PHYSICAL

(secular)

NATURE

Weekdays


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Sacred

Secular

Evangelical Gnosticism

GOD


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Moral

*Faith

*Grace

*Missions

*Ethics

Sacred

* Theology

* Evangelism

* Discipleship

* Devotions

Physical

* Works

* Reason

* Business

* Politics

Secular

* Science

* Economics

* Mass Media

* The Arts

‘Physical’ Ministries

Social Justice

Weekdays

Evangelical Gnosticism

GOD

Spiritual

Spiritual Disciplines

Spiritual Warfare

Sundays


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A Sinking Ship

“I look upon the world as a wrecked vessel. God has given me a lifeboat and said to me, ‘Moody, save all you can!’”

Dwight L. Moody


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When Nations Die

“But one of the greatest reasons for the decline of American society over the past century has been the tendency of Christians who have practical solutions to abandon the forum at the first sign of resistance. Evangelicals in particular have been quick to run and slow to stand by their beliefs….”

Jim Nelson Black

When Nations Die


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When Nations Die

“… In reality, most Christians had already vacated ‘the public square’ of moral and political debate by their own free will, long before civil libertarians and others came forth to drive us back to our churches.”

Jim Nelson Black

When Nations Die


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Monism – Post-Modernism

All

Is

One



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Renew the Vision

“All the nations you have made

will come and worship before you, O Lord;

they will bring glory to your name.”

Psalm 86: 9


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Renew the Vision

“David was not a believer in the theory that the world will grow worse and worse, and that the dispensation will wind up with general darkness, and idolatry….The modern notion has greatly damped the zeal of the church for missions, and the sooner it is shown to be unscriptural the better for the cause of God. It neither consorts with prophecy, honours God, nor inspires the church with ardour.

Charles Spurgeon

Commentary Ps. 86: 9


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Renew the Vision

  • We need to actively pursue Truth and demonstrate love and service.

  • We need to aggressively assail the strongholds of the mind.

    TO RESTORE THE SOUL OF THE WEST


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