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" In America, evangelical churches have often been bastions of conservatism, providing support for the status quo. "
" The first reason for the preponderant influence of those Evangelicals who define themselves as advocates of Religious Right theological and political ideologies is that they have both the financial means and technological know-how to make widespread use of modern electronic forms of communication. "
" Certain things happened in the early church. Women who had never had any freedom suddenly have the ability to stand up and speak and be treated as equals within the life of the church. "
" If a guy is intimidated by a woman in leadership, he has real problems with his own concepts of masculinity. That's a harsh statement, but I believe it to be true. "
" I contend that it's impossible to read the Sermon on the Mount and not come out against capital punishment. "
" A career public speaker is not what I'm called to be. I'm called to be a critic. "
" Of the 22 industrialized nations of the world, we're dead last in per capita giving to poor people. "
" Jesus is the only Savior, but not everybody who is saved by Him is aware that He is the one who is doing the saving. "
" Flipping the dial through available radio stations there will blare out to any listener an array of broadcasts, 24/7, propagating Religious Right politics, along with what they deem to be 'old-time gospel preaching.' This is especially true of what comes over the airwaves in Bible Belt southern states. "
" Insofar as the church fails to do the will of God, I am called upon to help it discover and to do the will of God; and I am called upon to help the government to do the same. "
" When there is conflict between what God requires and the demands of the government, each of us has an important decision to make concerning taxes. "
" My task as a citizen is to get the government to do more good and less inefficient and wasteful work. "
" Sigmund Freud was the apostle of disbelief. He was the one who made psychoanalysis a part of our culture, and in so doing he kicked out a flying buttress that had been essential for holding up our cathedral of faith. "
" The Gospel is about grace and we all know that grace is about us receiving from God blessings that we don't deserve. "
" I contend that, in spite of all that might be said about Watergate, Richard Nixon was good for the poor people of America. "
" Who's to say that there is any more support for Freud's psychoanalytic concept of the superego than there is for that old time religion that asserted that there is a God who ordains what is right and wrong, and that His righteousness endures for all generations? "
" Evangelical Christians, who once were a ridiculed irrelevant sectarian movement, have, over just three decades, become a powerful voting bloc that can no longer be ignored. "
" Freud taught us that it wasn't God that imposed judgment on us and made us feel guilty when we stepped out of line. Instead, it was the superego - that idealized concept of what a good person is supposed to be and do - given to us by our parents, that condemned us for what had been hitherto regarded as ungodly behavior. "
" Relegating women to second-class citizenship was abolished when Jesus died on the cross. "
" Prior to ROE V. WADE, abortions were common even though they were illegal. I don't think making them illegal again is going to solve the problem. "
" Evangelicals need to take a good look at what their issues are. Are they really being faithful to Jesus? Are they being faithful to the Bible? "
" Whenever there is a catastrophe, some religious people inevitably ask, 'Why didn't God do something? Where was God when all those people died?' "
" Haitians do not need development programs imposed on them by expatriates. Instead, they need help in developing as self-assured persons. "
" So I really would like to see both parties respond to the poor with greater commitment. But I've got to tell you, the Democrats, I feel, are doing a better job in that respect than Republicans are. "
" I've got some repenting to do. "
" In our post-Freudian world, it is no longer a goal to become people of character who live out a God-ordained ideal of selfhood. "
" In the past, the Republican Party has depended on unified support at election time from Evangelical Christians. But times are changing! "
" Young Evangelicals, especially, are breaking ranks with older Evangelicals (over 40) and are more and more leaning towards voting Democratic. "
" I am relatively sure, from conversations that I had with former president Bill Clinton, that George Bush seldom called upon him for advice. "
" A strong case can be made for religious leaders to speak out on political issues. "
" In baptism, new Christians become part of a body of fellow believers who are called to spiritually encourage one another and hold one another responsible for consistent Christian living. "