Os Guinness on America as a Christian Nation

I used to be a fan of Os Guinness, especially in my Schaefferian period. But not anymore.His political an philosophical stances worried me in the last year, as was the case with Chuch Colson, another man I used to admire.

This impression was strengthened when I saw him in person during his interventions at the Lausanne III Congress in Cape Town two years ago. Today he seems to me totally frozen in the modernity project, with no escape.

This particular venture (his latest book, A Free People’s Suicide. Sustainable Freedom and America’s Future) into the dubious concept of America (or, in fact, any other country) as a so-called Christian nation is another proof of that, as you can see in this recent interview published by Christianity Today. Here is the beginning of it.

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Many American Christians are ambivalent about their homeland. We are citizens of another kingdom, after all, so sometimes it’s hard to work up enthusiasm for this one. Besides, we’re told the church is called to take a prophetic stance against the culture, pointing out its immorality and injustice. We certainly don’t want to be caught celebrating America—we may be accused of mixing God and country.

Irishman Os Guinness suggests a fresh path to this conundrum in his A Free People’s Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future (IVP, August). Perhaps we can celebrate the American experiment and hold it accountable to its founding ideals in a way that doesn’t compromise our loyalty to the kingdom of God. CT senior managing editor Mark Galli sat down with Guinness in the Christianity Today offices to explore themes from his latest book. Continue reading “Os Guinness on America as a Christian Nation”

Carson Clark on Francis Schaeffer vs. Rob Bell

Carsol Clark runs a very interesting blog called Musings of Hard-Lining Moderate. The Assorted Thoughts of An Evangelical Anglican. I often find there very interesting discussions on current issues.

One of his latest posts deals with the Rob Bell debacle and brings an unlikely combatant in the field, the late Francis Schaeffer, one of the Evangelical thinkers who influenced me substantially in my young years., but with whom I cannot disagree more on the most important points.

Here are a few interesting musings from this blog post: Continue reading “Carson Clark on Francis Schaeffer vs. Rob Bell”

Clark Pinnock died – UPDATE

Clark Pinnock, an influential theologian whose spiritual pilgrimage led him from a fiery fundamentalism as a young professor to an openness that caused some to brand him a heretic, died Aug. 15 of a heart attack. He was 73.

Pinnock, longtime professor of systematic theology at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, had withdrawn from public life since announcing in March he had Alzheimer’s disease, but his death was unexpected. Continue reading “Clark Pinnock died – UPDATE”

Edith Schaeffer

Francis & Edith Schaeffer
Edith & Francis Schaeffer

Am cunoscut-o pe Edith, soţia lui Francis Schaeffer, târziu, în 1991, în timpul unei conferinţe în Slovacia, organizată de organizaţia CARE din Anglia, cu participarea unui număr de ucenici ai lui Schaeffer.

Edith este autoarea unui număr de cărţi, dintre care cel puţin una este tradusă în româneşte. Evadarea din rutină sau arta de-a face din casă un cămin, Editura Logos, Cluj-Napoca, 2001.

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Marturia crestina in lumea intelectuala – 5

Suntem vinovaţi de neimplicare

Cred că intelectualii şi oamenii cu un impact social major sunt şi ei purtători ai chipului lui Dumnezeu. Ei au nevoie de Evanghelie la fel de mult ca şi săracii. În momentul în care, din lene, din ignoranţă sau din nepăsare, nu reuşim să dăm mărturie despre Evanghelie în spaţiul lumii intelectuale, în acel moment, noi ne plasăm într-o poziţie vinovată. Este adevărat că pentru a te apropia de ei trebuie să plăteşti un preţ pe care în general noi nu suntem gata să-l plătim, pentru că, de exemplu, nu te poţi apropia de un filosof fără să poţi vorbi cât de cât limba lui.

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05 septembrie 1985 – Notă filaj

Ministerul de Interne
Inspectoratul Judeţean Iaşi
Securitate – Serv. „F”
Către I.J. Iaşi al M.I. 
Securitate – Serv. I
05 septembrie 1985

Notă

privind filajul numitului […] [1] – ce a primit conspirativul de „MOCANU” [2] – efectuat în ziua de 3 sept. 1985 între orele 8,00-12,00.

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07 februarie 1984 – Raport

Cu prietenul Liviu Olara acasa la mine
Ce tineri eram!

Mr. Ungureanu Gh.
07.02.1984

Raport

Mănăstireanu Dănuţ
Născut la 30 noiembrie 1954 în municipiul Iaşi
Originea socială – tatăl este lăcătuş mecanic
Naţionalitatea – română
Starea civilă – căsătorit, are doi copii
Studii – Facultatea de Ştiinţe Economice din Iaşi
Profesia de bază – economist
Limbi străine – engleza şi franceza

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