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Timothy George explains why he helped draft (and then sign) the Manhattan Declaration.

These are not the only matters that require a conscientious response from followers of Jesus Christ, but they are threshold issues that touch on everything else we do including the proclamation of the Gospel, concern for the poor, nurturing of children, ministry to prisoners, care of creation, and peacemaking in a broken world.

Here’s why Al Mohler signed it:

I believe we are facing an inevitable and culture-determining decision on the three issues centrally identified in this statement. I also believe that we will experience a significant loss of Christian churches, denominations, and institutions in this process. There is every good reason to believe that the freedom to conduct Christian ministry according to Christian conviction is being subverted and denied before our eyes. I believe that the sanctity of human life, the integrity of marriage, and religious liberty are very much in danger at this very moment.

Frank Turk tells why he respectfully declined to sign the Declaration. John Stackhouse didn’t sign it either, but for completely different reasons. In case you’re wondering, I signed it, and I encourage you to do the same.

Tim Challies shows his humorous side with this satirical proposal for the “ultimate Christian novel” – one that “seamlessly blends today’s most popular genres into one beautiful, compelling, cohesive whole.” Click here for the whole description.

Cassidy: Amish Vampiress of the Tribulation

That’s right. It’s an Amish novel; it’s a vampire novel; it’s an end-times novel. It’s the best of all worlds.

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3 thoughts on “Worth a Look 11.24.09”

  1. Daryl says:

    I read Dr. Mohler on the Man. Declaration today, and I had some thoughts (and frustrations)going through my head. Then I found them manifest (more elegantly I might add) in Frank Turk’s post. I am so glad you shared this.

  2. Dan S. says:

    There’s certainly a wide range of theological perspectives represented among the MD’s signatories, but not everyone in the evangelical world who typically contributes to these types of ecumenical public policy collaboratives has endorsed it.

    Ron Sider, David Neff, Cornelius Plantinga and Dennis Hollinger notwithstanding, I haven’t noticed much support from the evangelical “moderate” camp, including some who were instrumental in drafting last year’s Evangelical Manifesto.

    Noticeably absent from the Manhattan Declaration’s signatories are respected evangelical scholars like Richard Mouw, David Gushee, Jim Skillen, Mark Noll, Stephen Monsma, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Dallas Willard, J.P. Moreland and Os Guinness.

    This doesn’t mean it isn’t an amazing feat of coalition-building (Neuhaus would be proud), but the narrow range of policy emphases could be a reason why some evangelicals, including yours truly, have yet to sign on.

  3. Mich says:

    Stackhouse makes compelling arguments for not signing.

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