Faith talk belongs in the Public Square

September 8, 2013

by Ronnie Rogers, pastor
Trinity Baptist Church,
Norman, Okla.

Actually, the original title of this essay is
“The Legitimacy of Religiously Based Arguments in the Public Square,”
and SBCToday believes you should click that long title because it links to Pastor Rogers’
informed, relevant treatise at ronniewrogers.com. But before you click, note the teasers below.

  1. Everyone believes some unproven assumptions.
  1. Both secularism and supernaturalism are worldviews.
  1. Everyone argues from a worldview.
  1. Suitable publicly debatable ideas need only to provide some publicly accessible rational evidence.
  1. The source of an idea is not a sufficient cause for aprioristic exclusion from public debate.
  1. Associated faith assumptions do not disqualify all associated beliefs.
  1. Faith cannot truly be excluded from the marketplace of ideas.

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Robert Vaughn

I’m not sure when we morphed into the “source of the idea” either legitimizing or disallowing an idea’s allowance in public debate and discussion. Every citizen has a right to espouse his or her views, regardless of from whence they arise. Their origin may make them “fishy” in the eyes of some, but that is a decision to make AFTER the ideas are brought to the discussion — not to disallow them from the discussion.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this topic.

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