Tag: Billy Graham

Why Billy Graham Matters

 

In the early 1900s new ideas began to take root from Germany. Instead of starting with the Bible as the source of authority and working out to change lives and culture, we should begin with the authority of the Enlightenment — reason, scientific method, and literary criticism — and mold the Bible to its conclusions. The result of this movement is called modernism or liberal theology where one was free to rearrange any doctrine from the virgin birth to the resurrection to the writings of Paul according to this presumably higher criticism of truth.

In response to this movement Bible believers financed and distributed to churches a volume of books called The Fundamentals enumerating historical Christian beliefs in an attempt to push back this new onslaught. The Bible was God’s revelation and therefore its truths and teaching should prevail. Those behind this way of thinking about the Bible were called Fundamentalists.

During those days of debate, both sides of the schism, Liberals and Fundamentalists, were mainline churches. Neither took on the emotional baggage these words may produce today. Liberals pushed towards an intellectual honesty that produced a Jesus so neutered that he really wasn’t much of a savior. Fundamentalists held fast towards the most literal interpretations possible.

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Major media organizations maintain prospective files of obituaries for prominent people. So it was no surprise that both The New York Times and National Review published polished obituaries by serious authors the morning Rev. Billy Graham’s death was announced. Given the sharp cultural and political divisions in our country, it was not surprising that the two obituaries were […]

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see the Department of Homeland Security taking a thorough, pro-active approach to securing the 2018 midterms.  They also slam MSNBC’s Katy Tur for being the latest liberal journalist to suggest Americans frame the gun debate as, “Kids or guns, what do you value more?”  Alexandra strongly calls out the intellectual dishonesty and rampant hypocrisy involved in that approach from liberals.  They get a kick out Newsweek suggesting that internet bots are really responsible for the ouster of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, as opposed to his own inappropriate behavior.  And they pause to remember the life and legacy of evangelist Billy Graham.

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At the Gaithersburg Book Festival today, I heard Juan Williams speak about this new book, We the People: The Modern Day Figures Who HaveReshaped and Affirmed the Founding Fathers’ Vision of America. Someone asked where he came up with the idea of putting Billy Graham, Ronald Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt and Thurgood Marshall on Mt. Rushmore and […]

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