A few days ago an amazing article by Wayne Grudem (US evangelical theologian) was being flagged in blogspace. It was Prof Grudem inviting people to pray for a Republican victory in the recent elections. What I found remarkable was the way he credited the President with successes using a grid of understanding which was astonishingly right wing. Extremely liberal economic theories tied to a taste for legislation in areas of morality and medical ethics.
Like Errol Hulse’s pro war rant I refered to earlier in the year it is the enthusiasm for the Iraq war and occupation which startled me. He seemed to feel it was a reasonable response to Islamic terrorism and even believed it would help with Gospel proclamation! The Prof really is in a high Ivory Tower if he thinks that.
Like so many Evangelicals he gets lathered up at the homosexual agenda and embryo research but seems to think that maiming and killing tens of thousands of people in a pointless war is just a peccadillo. Trigger happy American kids are winning neither heart nor minds in Iraq and they just should not be there. The same faction which predicted the war would be popular with ordinary Iraqis now tell us there will be a bloodbath if the troops leave. They were wrong last time and that prediction may be wrong too.
There seems to be a belief that you really can figure out every matter of right and wrong from first principles and an assumption that warfare and oppressive legislation are easily justifed by such a process. It is the rationalism of the madhouse.