Civic religion vs. Christian religion
American politicians end virtually every public speech with the phrase, “God bless America.” This, along with many other historical references to “God” in our nation’s history, has led many to conclude that our nation has enjoyed a special relationship with God as a “Christian nation.” The plain fact is that there was nothing specifically Christian about either the founding or the subsequent history of the United States of America. Today we are seeing more clearly how this wrong conclusion has damaged both our society and our gospel proclamation. We need corrective understanding of the relationship between the power of the state and the power of the gospel.
In this session of Sanctuary Studies, Rev. Caleb Bassett will provide a historical review of our nation's messy theology, explain its contemporary consequences, and offer a biblically sound theology of life in a civil society.
This session of Sanctuary Studies will meet on Sunday, October 16 at 6:30pm in the church sanctuary of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Fallbrook.
About Sanctuary Studies
Religious discussions, admittedly, have a grim reputation, and they generally deserve it. Sanctuary Studies seeks to change the tone of the conversation.
The church should be a sanctuary to deal with doubts and grapple with hard questions. Better to explore challenges to the faith together first. Better to shed God's light on difficult topics than to grope around in the dark on our own.
That's what Sanctuary Studies is all about. We'll do the hard work of wrestling with contemporary issues, questions of doubt, and difficult scriptural doctrine. We'll do it in a way that is clear, direct, positive, and powerful. Together we'll address the challenges, deal with the doubts, and work to understand more and more each session that there is no better book for life and salvation than the Bible.
For more information about upcoming talks and previous topics, please visit the Sanctuary Studies page on our website.