Tom Gilson

Opinion: Holding classes hostage to social and political dogmas?

Here’s a question asked by Jeff Johannsen on the Orange County Register’s online opinion page, regarding the James Corbett incident.

Do we really want a homogenous Christian theocracy in this country?

The answer is no. The question I have for Mr. Johannsen is how he thinks holding to Constitutional separation of church and state–as it is currently interpreted by the courts–would present that risk. I’m afraid he is making the same mistake made by other Corbett supporters: not thinking through the issue.

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9 thoughts on “Opinion: Holding classes hostage to social and political dogmas?

  1. Frankly, Tom, I’m surprised to hear you say you don’t want a Christian theocracy. Maybe I’ve misunderstood, but isn’t that every fundamentalist Christian’s dream?

  2. OS,

    As I recall, Tom said he was in favor of separation of church and state because the mixture of the two had historically proven to be less ideal. (Correct me if I’m wrong, Tom.)

  3. Frankly, Tom, I’m surprised to hear you say you don’t want a Christian theocracy. Maybe I’ve misunderstood, but isn’t that every fundamentalist Christian’s dream?

    OS, “Christian theocracy” is both an oxymoron as well a misguided goal of a small minority that are called Theonomists. Theonomy is rooted in a faulty hermeneutical approach to the Scriptures. As one who is committed to the the historic fundamentals of the faith I am keenly and actively opposed to their hermeneutic and the resulting theological system, and would be vehemently and actively opposed to their approach to or encroachment upon government and social philosophy. SteveK has stated the correct view.

  4. Thanks Steve and Eric. I agree. And doctor(logic), you are correct, except that I would add that it’s not only historically proven, it also follows from what the Bible tells us about human nature. The two lines agree.

    No human can actually lead a theocracy. They always crumble under the person’s corruption, and under the inevitable errors and/or disagreements about what God actually wants. The founders of the U.S. recognized that, and wisely limited power to any one person or group for that reason.

  5. Tom, do most other fundamentalist Christians feel the way that you do? And, does this mean you wouldn’t vote for Huckabee?

  6. Tom,
    I read your earlier post on defining fundamentalism and I see your point. I suppose a better question would be, do the other Christians you know in your church and in your community, feel as you do about not wanting a theocracy?

    Sorry about the political question. I had thought that you had mentioned Huckabee yourself, but that must have been another blog.

  7. OS,
    I think most Christians are fairly obtuse about what a theocracy is much less whether or not they want one. Can you put ‘theocracy’ in more real terms? What exactly would a theocracy in America look like. Realistically the US is nowhere close now or anytime in the future to becoming a theocracy. So, I’m assuming you mean a government that is as theocratic as possible within the existing US political system.

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