"[Bill] Press performs several valuable services. For one, he makes it pungently clear that ours was not founded as a Christian nation—that, indeed, Jefferson (who published his own edition of the Gospels, eliminating all references to Christ's divinity) and Madison (who opposed having chaplains in Congress and accepted them in the military only if they were volunteers and received no government funds) would quickly be blackballed if they even thought of running for office today. Though he accomplishes it a little crudely, Press deserves credit for standing straight up to the religious right where it is most vulnerable—in its hijacking of Jesus and his message for purposes that run counter to almost everything he stood for."Thoughts on this passage anyone (note that I'm speaking less to the historical validity of his description, which few of us know enough about, and more to the modern political tone that we're all a little more aware of).
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
The Christian Century: