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  • Article VI “Greatest Hits:” A Letter to Some of My Fellow Evangelicals

    Posted by: Lowell Brown at 06:02 am, July 23rd 2008     &mdash      Comment on this post »

    John is on a cruise, and I am headed out on vacation myself within the next hour.  So for today’s post I’ve chosen one of John’s finest and most important past efforts.  As I read this this morning, I ask myself:  Has John’s message been accepted yet?


    A Letter To Some of My Fellow Evangelicals

    Posted by John Schroeder on April 17th, 2007      

    epistle.jpgIn talking to my evangelical friends, both personally and in some emails I receive about this blog, there are some themes or statements that come up again and again. I thought I would address a few of them.

    How can I, in good conscience, vote for someone whose beliefs are very different than mine?

    Why would your conscience be troubled? You are voting for someone to do the job of president, not pastor. You are voting for the individual, not his beliefs. Can he do the job? Will he do the job in a way that aligns with my principles and values? Those are the questions that matter. When hiring someone for my business, those are the question I ask. Of course, I would prefer someone that believes as I do, but often I find candidates much better qualified for the job with other, or more frequently simply without, beliefs. I frankly would be foolish to hire a lesser qualified candidate to operate a soil sampling drill rig simply because the best candidate was a Jehovah’s Witness instead of a Presbyterian.

    People’s beliefs really matter in their lives, and Mormons believe so differently.

    Indeed Mormon belief is quite different, but how precisely does that matter? It is my opinion that Mormon belief is grossly misunderstood. It is not orthodox by any stretch of the imagination, but it is not so far off as the common perception might suggest. Consider the Godhead, to use the LDS term. Mormons are decidedly non-Trinitarian, fair enough. But does that make a difference in how a Mormon would govern? I don’t think so. Are our values based on our Trinitarian views? – No. Our values are largely based on the Judaic law, which is in turn based on monotheism, but not Trinitarianism. Some try to paint Mormons as polytheists, and the strictest possible interpretation of their theology of the godhead would indicate they are, but I have read enough Mormon theologians to know they do not carry their views of the godhead that far. Ask any Mormon if they are polytheistic and they will deny it vociferously. At best we can accuse them of having lousy logic in their theological formulations, but in practice and life they are little different than us. Please remember they hold the same scripture we do, plus “The Lord your God is ONE God” is scripture for Mormons just as much as it is for us. The additional scripture of Mormonism does not to the best of my knowledge contradict a word of the Bible – they interpret it very differently, but that is not a critical matter in this instance.

    So, my question to you – specifically what is it that Mormons believe, as cited by Mormons, not anti-Mormon activists, that will affect how they govern? My researches of the last year and 100 years of Utah history says that they govern just like we do.

    If you are still concerned, consider:

    How do you feel when atheists say you should not vote for X because he is a Christian? This is America; our freedom to practice our faith is highly dependent on the freedom to have religious diversity in all areas of society, including government. If we, even in the privacy of the voting booth, exclude someone of another faith, then we are giving permission to allow others to exclude us. And we are increasingly in the minority in this nation . . . .

    [tags]Mormons, belief, difference, Evangelicals, Mitt Romney[/tags]


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    Best Of The Reading List – January, February, March 2007

    Posted by: John Schroeder at 07:05 am, April 1st 2007     &mdash      Comment on this post »

    Janury 3, 2007 -  Damon Linker's TNR piece shows up.

    January 10, 2007 - Amy Goldstein's great American Thinker piece.

    January 11, 2007Romney's deftness with new media demonstrated. 

    January 15, 2007  – Best shot at Hillary ever, and the continuing discussion of the linker and Weisberg pieces. 

    January 19, 2007 - Rosanne Barr gets ugly, or was she born that way?

    January 23, 2007 - Dennis Prager heard from. 

    January 30, 2007I (John) agree with Jim Wallis?!?!?

    February 1, 2007We introduce the Jell-o cube scale.

    February 16, 2007The LATimes prints something that makes sense.

    February 26, 2007Christian apology and politics

    February 27, 2007the non-news that Romney had polygamous ancestors.

    March 29, 2007Dobson inserts foot-in-mouth on Fred Thompson, the discussion continues on March 30.

    March 22, 2007Jay Sekulow on Team Romney.

    March 12, 2007The South Carolina whisper campaign has a little light shed on it. 


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    Best Of The Reading List – October, November, December 2006

    Posted by: John Schroeder at 07:17 am, March 24th 2007     &mdash      Comment on this post »

    More of our continuing efforts to make the information we have accumulated in this blog accessible to our readers.

     October 3, 2006James Dobson appears on Laura Ingraham.  I later defend my contention at length.

     October 25, 2006We link to a Boston Globe piece about a "Mormon network" and the blog "Ankle Biting Pundits" swallowing of the grossly over-inflated minor impropriety.

    October 26, 2006We look a little deeper.  That same day, Lowell takes down ABP's Patrick Hynes a notch or two.

    October 30, 2006last installment in this discussion, things turn pretty ugly.

    November 2, 2006Romney meets with high level Evangelcals.

    November 16, 2006Hugh Hewitt tackles the word "cult" on the radio.

    November 27, 2006James Dobson on Larry King.

    November 29, 2006Our first peek at what was going to be in Hugh Hewitt's book.

    December 1, 2006Jerry Falwell says Romney's religion is not an issue.

    December 12, 2006Larry King does something very stupid.

    December 18, 2006Anderson Cooper and Geroge Will put their two cents in.

    December 22, 2006Jacob Weisberg's now infamous piece, likely the most bigoted to date - makes it's appearance at Slate.  One is forced to wonder about the timing here, as Christmas weekend begins.


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    Best Of The Reading List – July, August, September 2006

    Posted by: John Schroeder at 05:43 am, March 22nd 2007     &mdash      Comment on this post »

    In our continuing efforts to organize the blog for new readers and research purposes, we give you the Best of the Reading List for the third quarter of '06. 

    July 15-16, 2006we see what appears to be the actual strategy emerge for the first time.

    July 31, 2006Falwell says Romney's faith not an issue.

    August 11, 2008John Mark Reynolds shines forth for the first time.  We later reprinted his piece in total.

    August 18, 2006Via the Boston Globe. we look at Romney's giving months before the NYTimes tries to make hay of it. (March '07)

    August 23,2006We quote Fred Barnes and wonder if The Question is real or a press-driven creation. 

    August 30, 2006Romney appears with Evangelical luminaries.

    Septermber 27, 2006We tackle the first Al Mohler hour on The Question.  The next day we respond a bit more.


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    Best Of The Reading List – April, May, June 2006

    Posted by: John Schroeder at 07:04 am, March 17th 2007     &mdash      Comment on this post »

    The kindness Hugh Hewitt has shown us in his book, A Mormon in the White House? Ten Things Every American Should Know About Mitt Romney has resulted in a lot of new readers of this blog.  It has also caused us to look at the blog and see that an important chronicle of the religious questions related to the Mitt Romney campaign has begun to emerge here.  This means we need to do a bit of work to make that history more accessible.

    To that end we are making several efforts.  First, we are updating the "Resources" page in the buttons above.  This will continue to be the place to go to gather information from sources outside this blog.  Our updates there will be to include some of the seminal articles of the last several months many of which, sadly, will be ugly negatives.

    Secondly, we will add a category called "Notables" and go through the blog archives marking important posts.  Thus the reader can find rapidly those posts we have done here that have been important and should be readily accessible

    Finally, we are culling our daily reading lists post and compiling the best of them into what you see here, posts we are calling for lack of a better term "Best of…"  These will also be quickly available through the categories buttons.

    We hope this helps you, our readers, better access and understand the material we cover at this blog.  Thanks for reading!

    May 12, 2006news of "whispering" campaigns.

    June 12, 2006Romney's first mention in Christianity Today.

    June 29, 2006Romney appears on Pat Robertson's 700 Club.


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