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How Santorum Should Explain ‘Theology’ Comment and ‘Theocracy’ charges: Pay Attention Uneducated Media

I happened to watch some MSNBC today while flipping through the channels. Al Sharpton was in a fury over Santorum’s theology remark, claiming he was saying the President wasn’t a Christian and then walking it back and bringing up the whole line about ‘We aren’t a theocracy’.

If Santorum is the nominee we a going to hear the ‘theocrat’ charge non-stop, and there is a very simple way to respond.

I struggled a long time trying to figure out how to reconcile my personal religious beliefs and values with the idea that we have to have a ‘neutral’ government. What I eventually realized is that IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO HAVE VALUE-NEUTRAL POLICY. Every law is based on some determination of what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’. People determine what is good or bad by referring to their value system. So POLITICS IS REALLY ABOUT WHOSE VALUES WILL BE IMPOSED ON EVERYONE ELSE, and which values have highest priority. What the left loves to do is impose their values on us, but accuse conservatives of being ‘theocrats’ whenever conservatives try have policy reflect our values.

The important relation between theology and values is this:

THEOLOGY —> WORLDVIEW  —>  VALUES

Most people have a set of beliefs about God, the nature of the universe, etc which helps them form a worldview, or a context for understanding everything in life. Many times our worldview is not consciously thought through, illogical, and inconsistent with our theology. Regardless, it is from this worldview that we get a system of values that we use to form opinions about what goes on in the world, especially politics.

In America, we have a battle between two worldviews: secular humanism and judeo-christianity/americanism. To a large extent, the democrats represent the values of  secular humanism and republicans represent the american value system (which draws heavily on judeo-christian beliefs).

Dennis Prager has a very interesting take on this when he talks about the American Trinity:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn4IH3yng4k

It’s a loser for Santorum to talk about Obama’s theology (although you do have to wonder what Obama’s theology is given how it influences his worldview), but what Santorum was trying to say is that Obama has a different worldview than most Americans. Obama is clearly a secular humanist, and as such he places equality as one of the highest values. The american value system places a high priority on God, the moral order, and liberty. It is from this conflict of worldviews that we have the contraception/catholic church controversy.

 

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