Correcting the Strawmen: Why Most Evangelical Christians are Political Conservatives
by J.P. Moreland
- Title: Correcting the Strawmen: Why Most Evangelical Christians are Political Conservatives
- Date: 10/03/2020
- Source: A chapter in Tully Borland, Allan Hillman (eds.), Dissenting Philosophers: Against the Political Current of the Academy (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).
- Article Type: Book Chapter
- Audience: Advanced, Intermediate
- Kingdom Categories: Life of the Mind
Given this crucial time in our country - both politically and socially - it is important for Christians to have a biblical view of the role of the state and a social ethic worked out within the framework of a solid Christian worldview. I have attempted to provide such a view in this chapter drafted for a forthcoming book.
My paper presents a brief clarification of what an Evangelical is, and proceeds to offering two lines of reasoning concerning why most Evangelicals are ethical and political conservatives. But before I launch into these issues, I share a précis of my own journey from being utterly uninterested in politics to becoming a dissident philosopher about the secularized political group-think all around us.
You may not agree with all I say. If you don't, all I ask is that you provide reasons for why my arguments are inadequate and present reasons on behalf of an alternative view.
- It offers theological-philosophical reasons for why Evangelicals are likely to be political conservatives.
- It reasons with Christian social thought.
- It seeks to approach political philosophical issues independent of secular group think.