The Manhattan Declaration and the Definition of “Christianity”
This dovetails with the most recent post by Mr. Kupp.
You may read the whole thing at my other group blog here.
For those unaware, the Manhattan Declaration is a statement of conservative Christian doctrine on present day hot button moral issues. Mainly it is anti-abortion and anti-homosexuality in its sentiments.
It’s also a document that was, by its design, limited to orthodox Christians. That is, it’s a document of consensus on political/moral issues among traditional Roman Catholics, evangelical Protestants, Anglicans, and capital O Orthodox Christians (in other words Nicene Christians).
Apparently, Chuck Colson informed Hugh Hewitt that the document was more than merely political or moral; it is theological. “Jews, Mormons, and others, were not invited to sign the document…because this is a specifically Christian statement, quoting from the Christian scriptures.”
For historic orthodox purposes, the document seems undeniably “Christian.” …
I note, based on my meticulous study of America’s Founders and their religious beliefs, that whatever may divide the Christianity of Roman Catholics, evangelicals, and the Orthodox Church (i.e., the signatories of said declaration) they have far more in common with one another than they do with the “Protestant Christianity” of many key American Founders and the philosophers they followed (J. Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, probably Madison, Washington, and many others, and their key philosophical influences, Locke, Newton, Clarke, Milton, Priestley, Price, and Burgh).