Three principles for Christian citizens: making arguments from the common good, institutional independence, and conscientious witness


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"Three basic types of argument have a proper place as Christians engage in public
life. These are arguments from the common good, from institutional independence,
and from conscientious witness. They are all authentic expressions of the
Christian political tradition, well-grounded in Scripture. They express three
principles for Christian citizens. However, all three are being stifled by a new
political absolutism in the name of 'equality and human rights'. This is ironic,
because equality and human rights are a contemporary expression of the same
Christian tradition. In response, Christians will want to reaffirm all three principles
– not only for our own sake, but for the benefit of everyone."

Author: Julian Rivers (2009)

Reproduced with kind permission from the Cambridge Papers

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