Sloppy Thinking. Exhibit #1

I’d like to begin, from time to time, to respond to various ideas that I think are prime examples of sloppy thinking. And what better time than an election season to start off with a politically-minded bumper sticker.

  

A silly, inflammatory idea. (“Inflammatory”, get it?)

First of all, the last time we mixed religion with politics was, at least, as recently as the last election.

Second, history indicates that it is far more dangerous and deadly when religion is not mixed with politics. The last century was the bloodiest in the history of mankind and as sociologist Os Guinness po9ints out in his book, Unspeakable, “more people in the twentieth century were killed by secularists regimes, led by secularists intellectuals and in the name of secularists ideologies , than in all the religious persecutions in Western history.”

If you run across any other examples of what strikes you as sloppy thinking that you’d like for me to post and respond to, just let me know in the comments below.

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8 responses to “Sloppy Thinking. Exhibit #1

  1. Mary Ann Hall

    Johnny – This is the first time a bumper sticker has caused me to fan myself. Love, Mary Ann

  2. Mark Tank

    Johnny — this is going to be a great series of postings. Thanks for doing this. Religion is messy. Politics is messy. Religion and Politics did become, from a human perspective, a tag team that put Jesus on the stake/cross. However, the presupposition of the bumper stick above, and all bumperstickers, is what you will be analyzing and measuring as “sloppy thinking” … and that’s going to be good stuff. Thanks.
    When I look at the bumper sticker above, my assessment of the real presupposition is this … religion is the problem; not politics. Therefore, get rid of all religious discourse in the realm of politics. The subtle point of the presupposition is this, it seems: keep God out of it; man can solve the problems without God. Religious discourse is irrelevant. What is not owned by the presupposition is that secular philosophy is a religion itself … where man is god. Your assessment of history and the secular worldview (man is god) nails it. It is the nailing of God the Son to the cross that shows us the way out … and up.

  3. Johnny, your response is spot on and points out the great damage that has been done in the name of secular, even avowedly atheist, political movements. But we need to look at the important contributions for good that Christians have made in great moral/political causes. Christians were at the forefront of the movement to abolish slavery (and continue that activity today), Christians were leaders in the German resistance to Hitler, Christians led the Civil Rights movement in the USA, Christians, including Bishop Tutu, led the resistance to apartheid in South Africa. Christians work for freedom, human rights and the relief of suffering around the globe, and, by the way, carry with them the greatest message ever given to the human race.

  4. Mary Ann

    “Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured, but not everyone must prove they are a citizen.” Now add this, “Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.” Ben Stein

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