Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Christian Morality and Public Law

Al Mohler suggests “five theses for understanding the relationship of Christian morality to public law.”

1. A liberal democracy must allow all participants in the debate to speak and argue from whatever worldview or convictions they possess.

2. Citizens participating in public debate over law and public policy should declare the convictional basis for their arguments.

3. A liberal democracy must accept limits on secular discourse even as it recognizes limits on religious discourse.

4. A liberal democracy must acknowledge the commingling of religious and secular arguments, religious and secular motivations, and religious and secular outcomes.

5. A liberal democracy must acknowledge and respect the rights of all citizens, including its self-consciously religious citizens.