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How large is the public square?

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Submitted by David W. Lincoln (Canada), Feb 2, 2007 at 19:58

One need not be totalitarian to make room for the role of faith in the public square. For the faith that is most in line with objective reality is the faith that shows the greatest potency. The same goes for anything else, be it medical science or literature, or any other human activity. So, lest we forget, the advances the West has made since the fusion of Athens, Jerusalem, and Rome owes a lot to where Western culture is coming from. Namely the vitally important three-fold foundation of the West: the call Abram received to leave Ur of the Chaldees, the birth of one of his descendants in a cave which is in the vicinity of Bethlehem, and his resurrection 2 days after being put to death in the most vicious and humiliating way possible.

So, we make room for ideas, economics, history, progress, free will, government, adaptation to geography. But how much room do we accord the "I-Thou" relationship?

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