Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society with RR Reno Part 2 (PODCAST)

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Dr. R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, joins me today to continue the discussion we started 2 weeks ago of his timely new book, Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society.  I’ve been making a general nuisance of myself to friends and family about this book, insisting that they buy it, read it, and discuss it with me.  So I invited back the one man who is obliged to discuss it with me – morally and perhaps due a contractual obligation with his publisher.  He was, as ever, gracious with his time.

He begins today by reminding us that the idea of separating religion from the state is a Christian one, explained at length in Augustine’s City of God and stemming in part from Christ’s declaration to Pilate in Matthew 18:36, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”  It’s an important point and one that helps frame the thesis of the book.  

Reno writes,

“This book is essentially an argument that post-Protestant WASP culture is failing, that it promises freedom, but delivers tyranny.  It may work well for the top end of society, but it’s hell on the weak and vulnerable.  It makes a fuss about diversity but can’t deliver solidarity.  It’s false view of freedom undermines the authority of the two institutions that can limit government: marriage and the church.  Its this-worldy focus distracts us from the higher things that give us a firm place to stand and from the higher love that makes us free.”

With that as an appetizer, you can hear the whole discussion with Dr. Reno below.

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2 responses to “Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society with RR Reno Part 2 (PODCAST)”

  1. I’ve been saying for years that we as a nation do not have a political problem. Our execrable politics are a symptom of a deep societal ill. We have left off Christ. We do indeed here in the West live in the Post Christian Age. Thus we flail about and are without shield or buckler against the myriad of weapons launched upon us by the Left. Satan’s minions.

    We try and make do with a miserable remnant of the philosophy left to us by the Great Men who founded this nation while all the while functionally ignorant from whence these great formulas insuring liberty and a myriad of other blessings flow. This is nothing new. Men have been denying Christ for near 2000 years now. Even while calling themselves ‘christian’. And while they did this they unwittingly gave Satan’s minions the weapons that would one day be used to bring down the nation.

    In our ignorance of Christ we committed the unpardonable sin of enslaving other men and even when this was ended … continued to practice horrible racism that continues to this day. We are reaping what we sowed. And with this weapon we handed the Left they have so sullied the Founders and our nation that bit by bit they dismantle the system of law that has kept us. It will keep us no longer. We shall be swept from the stage of history.

    Only a remnant shall be saved … but not in this world.

  2. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Need evidence that atheism and relativism destroy societies? Look around you.