Religion Is Not Going Anywhere


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Separating religion from the political world has been an objective of many individuals and developing nations for the better part of the last 300 years, and as this article from the November 1, 2007 Economist recounts, religion, "[...] for much of the 20th century [...] was banished from politics. For most elites, God had been undone by Darwin, dismissed by Marx, deconstructed by Freud. Stalin forcibly ejected Him, but in much of western Europe there was no need for force: religion had been on the slide for centuries. In Britain the “long withdrawing roar” of Anglicanism that Matthew Arnold lamented faded to a distant echo in the 20th century."And while "a decade ago, a proposal by the CIA to study religion was vetoed as 'mere sociology'" (Economist), post September 11 politics in the United States is greatly effected by religion. Whether it's a push for legislation against abortion or gay marriage, America's involvement in the religious conflicts in the Near East, or the question of which presidential candidate says the word "God" most in an average speech, as the Economist outlines, religion's influence on politics is experiencing a revival. "The American president begins each day on his knees and each cabinet meeting with a prayer. The easiest way to tell a Republican from a Democrat is to ask how often he or she goes to church. And although European liberals sneer about American theocracy, American conservatives claim that secular, childless Europe is turning into Eurabia."With religion and politics changing the face of society (be it for better or for worse), what role should Adventism, with it's apocalyptic message, play in the public sphere? And more so, what is the proper place for young Adventists who are considering entering the political minefield?


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/145