Christian In A Secular America


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  • What Is Secular Humanism?

    Secular Humanism is a term which has come into use in the last thirty years to describe a world view with the following elements and principles:

    * A conviction that dogmas, ideologies and traditions, whether religious, political or social, must be weighed and tested by each individual and not simply accepted on faith.
    * Commitment to the use of critical reason, factual evidence, and scientific methods of inquiry, rather than faith and mysticism, in seeking solutions to human problems and answers to important human questions.
    * A primary concern with fulfillment, growth, and creativity for both the individual and humankind in general.
    * A constant search for objective truth, with the understanding that new knowledge and experience constantly alter our imperfect perception of it.
    * A concern for this life and a commitment to making it meaningful through better understanding of ourselves, our history, our intellectual and artistic achievements, and the outlooks of those who differ from us.
    * A search for viable individual, social and political principles of ethical conduct, judging them on their ability to enhance human well-being and individual responsibility.
    * A conviction that with reason, an open marketplace of ideas, good will, and tolerance, progress can be made in building a better world for ourselves and our children.

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  • Secular humanism and atheism are not identical. One can be an atheist and not a secular humanist or humanist. Indeed, some thinkers or activists who call themselves atheists explicitly reject humanist ethical values (for example, Stalin, Lenin, Nietzsche, and others). Nor is secular humanism the same thing as humanism by itself; it is surely sharply different from religious humanism.

    I should also make it clear that secular humanism is not antireligious; it is simply nonreligious. There is a difference. Secular humanists are nontheists; they may be atheists, agnostics, or skeptics about the God question and/or immortality of the soul. To say that we are nonreligious means, that is, that we are not religious; ours is a scientific, ethical, and philosophical life stance. I have used the term eupraxsophy to denote our beliefs and values as a whole. This means that, as secular humanists, we offer good practical wisdom based on ethics, science, and philosophy.

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Christian In A Secular America

  1. 1. WELCOME!<br />The Christian In A<br /> Secular America<br />Parkside Bible Fellowship<br />Adult Summer Sunday School<br />September 6, 2009<br />13thSession<br />
  2. 2. The Separation of Church and State<br />
  3. 3. KEY VERSES<br />Matthew 22: 36-38<br />   36&quot;Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?&quot; <br />   37And He said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.&apos; <br />   38&quot;This is the great and foremost commandment. <br /> <br />
  4. 4. BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE<br />The Christian life is summarized<br />As Christians we must understand our culture and its challenges because we are followers of Christ. We are called to be faithful and ready to think as Christians when confronted with the crucial issues of the day.<br /> <br />
  5. 5. KEY VERSES<br />Verses 39 to 4039The second is like it, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” <br />40&quot;On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.&quot; <br />
  6. 6. BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE<br />Jesus commanded love of neighbor!<br />As Christians, we are commanded to care for our neighbors. Because we love God first, our neighbor and neighborhoods, it is imperative we know about the current issues of the day. Our Savior left us on earth for a reason.<br />
  7. 7. THEME OF CLASS<br />Matthew 5: 13-16<br />“We are the SALTand LIGHT in a dying world.”<br />
  8. 8. CHURCH AND STATE<br />America, the Beautiful….A Country God Has Blessed!<br />Why Has God BLESSED This Nation?<br /><ul><li>Joshua 24:13-15
  9. 9. Psalm 56: 1-4
  10. 10. Ephesians 5:1, 20
  11. 11. Isaiah 33:22
  12. 12. Proverbs 14:34
  13. 13. 2 Chronicles 7:14
  14. 14. Psalm 33:12
  15. 15. Psalm 9:17
  16. 16. Ezra 7:25
  17. 17. Fear and serve God
  18. 18. Put our faith in God, not man
  19. 19. Be Godlike and thank Him
  20. 20. God is our ultimate authority
  21. 21. Stay true to God’s Word
  22. 22. God’s promise to His people
  23. 23. God blesses who heeds Him
  24. 24. God’s wrath upon nations who forget Him
  25. 25. Choose Godly leaders</li></li></ul><li>CHURCH AND STATE<br />True Meaning of“Separation of Church and State”<br />First Amendment<br />“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble; and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”<br />TWO CLAUSES<br />Establishment clause<br />Free Exercise clause<br />
  26. 26. establishment<br />CHURCH AND STATE<br />ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE<br /><ul><li>STATEUS Government
  27. 27. No national religion can be established
  28. 28. “No governmental involvement or entanglement with religion”
  29. 29. Government promotes religion but remains neutral</li></ul>RELIGIOUS FREEDOM<br /><ul><li>CHURCHAny religious group in this country
  30. 30. Worship freely as long as it does not violate any law</li></li></ul><li>CHURCH AND STATE<br />The complete and radical disassociation between Christianity and the State that is sometimes advocated TODAY is not what our Founding Fathers had in mind. <br />It&apos;s clear that our FOUNDING FATHERS had seen entirely too many religious wars and religious tyrannies in Europe.<br />
  31. 31. CHURCH AND STATE<br />The intent of First Amendment was to prohibit the federal government from establishing a National church<br /><ul><li>Like the Church of England
  32. 32. Or,becoming a THEOCRACY</li></ul>While the AMENDMENT does not recognize a differentiation between church and government, it does not mean that they could not cooperate with each other!<br />
  33. 33. CHURCH AND STATE<br />True Meaning of“Separation of Church and State”<br />It was used by Thomas Jefferson in 1803, nearly 12 years after the Bill of Rights was ratified.<br />Used the phrase to assure the Connecticut Danbury Baptist Ass’n that the Federal governmentlacked jurisdiction over religion<br />
  34. 34. CHURCH AND STATE<br />This quote is someone’s interpretation of Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association. Thus; not authentic!<br />Website: Jefferson’s Separation of Church and State Letter to Danbury Baptist<br />The Founding Fathers intended to protect against government encroachment on Christian practice, but certainly not the other way around.<br />X X<br /> “The 1st AMENDMENT has created a wall of separation between church and state, but that wall is a one directional wall, it keeps the government from running the church, but it makes sure that Christian principles will always stay in government.”<br />Thomas Jefferson<br />
  35. 35. CHURCH AND STATE<br />So, What Has Happened to the True Meaning of “Separation of Church and State?”<br />
  36. 36. CHURCH AND STATE<br />Rise of Humanist thinking (trust in man, not God) in Europe prior to World War I in 1914, led to, <br />Relativism extended into all parts of society and secular humanism continued to be the driving force.<br /><ul><li>Life has no absolute meaning…
  37. 37. Individuals are accountable to themselves…
  38. 38. There is no god…
  39. 39. There is no absolute morality  total freedom
  40. 40. All that awaits us, the void…
  41. 41. There are no rules  experimentation…</li></li></ul><li>CHURCH AND STATE<br />Darwinian Revolution<br />“Fundamental changes in culture . . . were affected . . . decisively by the intellectual and philosophical revolution we associate with Darwin’s Origin of Species (1859) . . . .<br />What shattered that traditional world was science, which in almost every arena including the law.. . .substituted the operations of the law of evolution for the laws of God.”(Henry Steele Comager, 1978)<br />
  42. 42. SCOPES MONKEY TRIAL<br />The first conflict between religion vs. science being taught in school was in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee.<br />
  43. 43. SCOPES MONKEY TRIAL<br />Clarence Darrow<br />Famous trial lawyer who represented Scopes<br />William J. Bryan<br />Sec. of State for President Wilson, ran for president three times, turned evangelical leader. Represented the<br />prosecution.<br />Dayton, Tennessee<br />Small town in the south became protective against the encroachment of modern times and secular teachings.<br />John T. Scopes<br />Respected high school biology teacher arrested in Dayton, Tennessee for teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.<br />
  44. 44. SCOPES MONKEY TRIAL<br />The right to teach and protect Biblical teachings in schools<br />Vs<br />The right to teach evolution and new ideas introduced into American society<br />The acceptance of science and that all species have evolved from lower forms of beings over billions of years.<br />The trial was conducted in a carnival-like atmosphere. The people of Dayton are seen as ‘backward’ by the country.<br />
  45. 45. CHURCH AND STATE<br />“The natural law (God’s Law) has been thoroughly purged from law school curricula and replaced with secularist ideologies. A lawyer who does not understand the roots of jurisprudence (concerned with the principles of law and the legal system) is no lawyer at all.”<br />Dr. J. Budziszewski, professor of Government and Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. 1990<br />
  46. 46. CHURCH AND STATE<br />Today’s Meaning of“Separation of Church and State”<br />“Over the past half century, the U.S. Supreme Court has accomplished a feat America’s Founders would surely have found to be inconceivable. They have created a perverse cloud of confusion over the question of religious liberty and the place of religious language and symbols in the public square.”<br />Albert Mohler from his book, Culture Shift<br />
  47. 47. CHURCH AND STATE<br />wall<br />CONTRADICTIONS<br /><ul><li>Coins---in God we trust
  48. 48. Congress opens with a prayer but no prayer in schools
  49. 49. President sworn in with hand on the Bible
  50. 50. Pledge of Allegiance “under God”
  51. 51. Armed forces have a chaplain but schools cannot
  52. 52. Our national monuments, government buildings have scriptural phrases, 10 Commandments and religious symbols posted</li></li></ul><li>CHURCH AND STATE<br />For more than 50 years<br />The ACLU(American Civil Liberties Union) has attempted to eliminate public expression of our nation&apos;s faith and heritage. <br />Through fear, intimidation, disinformation and lawsuits, threats of lawsuits that would: <br /><ul><li>Eliminate Christian and historic faith symbols
  53. 53. Ban public prayer in schools and at school functions
  54. 54. Deny Christians the right to use public facilities
  55. 55. Stop Christians from expressing their faith at work</li></li></ul><li>CHURCH AND STATE<br />James Dobson<br />Alliance Defense Fund<br />15333 N. Pima Road, Suite 165<br />Scottsdale, AZ 85260<br />1-800-TELL-ADF<br />The Alliance Defense Fund, defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation. We defend religious liberty by empowering our allies, recognizing that together, we can accomplish far more than alone. <br />
  56. 56. CHURCH AND STATE<br />Matthew Staver<br />Liberty Counsel<br />PO Box 540774, Orlando, FL 32854Phone: 800-671-1776 Email: <br />Liberty Counsel is a nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the traditional family.<br />
  57. 57. CHURCH AND STATE<br />Jay Sekulow<br />American Center for Law and JusticeP.O. Box 90555Washington, DC 20090-05551-800-296-4529<br />The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is specifically dedicated to the ideal that religious freedom and freedom of speech are inalienable, God-given rights. We are your repsentatives in the courts and halls of Congress.<br />