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Re: Cartoons and double-standards

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Submitted by Steve (United States), Feb 7, 2006 at 18:59

" ... disappointed to see that some of my fellow Europeans are betraying our values. Some Europeans have turned their backs on freedom of expression...."

Good insight.

" ... In Europe, Catholics, Protestants and Jews are ridiculed on a daily basis. Do you want to know my opinion? If it is wrong to insult a religion, then it should be wrong to insult all religions. Maybe, it is time for Europe to stand up for its culture and stop apologizing. ..."

Gabriel -- I like the spirit of what you say.

My question is this: without a specific understanding of the most potent Christian worldview (Covenental Theology - Calvinism - Dutch Reform) that forms the root of Western culture, it will not be enough to just speak up on behalf of "western values". That is too sterile. There must be a heart-felt connection to Truth to die for, and recognition that Truth lives on. That's big!

In no way do I mean to be discouraging, but I do believe it is crucial to answer the questions of what it takes to re-develop such deep-seated values, based on a reasoned faith, rooted in a particular set of assumptions about Truth. Otherwise, in a time of testing, such as a full-scale war, those roots will be shallow and easily washed away. It is a worthy effort but not one to be taken lightly. Getting back to the Word of God is a huge leap. But is it possible? Sure - but Europeans should first learn to take prayer very seriously. Much will be needed!
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