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The Conservative-Christian Big Thinker (Robert George)

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Conservative-Christian Big Thinker (Robert George)

I came across this fascinating article on Dr. Robert George and it is worth a read. There are plenty of "big thinkers" out there in the Christian world - Alvin Plantinga, J.P. Moreland, N.T. Wright, Darrell Bock, William Lane Craig, Francis Beckwith (just to name a few), but they are right to focus on George of Princeton in this article.

(article) "On a September afternoon, about 60 prominent Christians assembled in the library of the Metropolitan Club on the east side of Central Park. It was a gathering of unusual diversity and power. Many in attendance were conservative evangelicals like the born-again Watergate felon Chuck Colson, who helped initiate the meeting. Metropolitan Jonah, the primate of the Orthodox Church in America, was there as well. And so were more than half a dozen of this country’s most influential Roman Catholic bishops, including Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, Archbishop John Myers of Newark and Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia.

At the center of the event was Robert P. George, a Princeton University professor of jurisprudence and a Roman Catholic who is this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker. Dressed in his usual uniform of three-piece suit, New College, Oxford cuff links and rimless glasses , George convened the meeting with a note of thanks and a reminder of its purpose. Alarmed at the liberal takeover of Washington and an apparent leadership vacuum among the Christian right, the group had come together to warn the country’s secular powers that the culture wars had not ended. As a starting point, George had drafted a 4,700-word manifesto that promised resistance to the point of civil disobedience against any legislation that might implicate their churches or charities in abortion, embryo-destructive research or same-sex marriage. Two months later...."(For more of this thoughtful and fair New York Times article, click here.)

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