During the Constitutional Convention many feared that the proposed form of government granted too much power to the federal institution. Tepid supporters and critics, as well as Anti-Federalist opponents, believed the Constitution should have included a list of citizens' rights. Ardent supporters, like James Madison, believed an articulation of rights was a Pandora's box, fearing that every interest group and nincompoop could and would claim a right exclusive to them.
But the practical politicians they were, the founders, in order to get the Constitution ratified in the state conventions, promised a Bill of Rights. The first right is the right of religion. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion," they wrote, "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The right of conscience and belief is rightly preeminent because it secures all other rights. Without this first freedom there can be no freedom of speech or the press, no freedom to peacefully assembly or petition the government. Civil rights cannot exist without human rights. And human rights cannot exist without religious rights.
But today, religious rights are subject to increasing hostility. Sectarian violence throughout the world, the rise of militant Islam in the Middle East, Europe, and America, and the politicization of the Religious Right in the United States have left many wondering about the wisdom of our first freedom. Os Guinness put it well in The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity: "How do we live with our deepest differences, especially when those differences are religious and ideological, and especially when those differences concern matters of our common public life?" more >>
"Duck Dynasty" fans may be familiar with the Mountain Man (aka Tim Guraedy), and he has just written a new book entitled Mountain Man: Keepin' a Slow Profile. The Mountain Man took time to speak with The Christian Post about living a slow lifestyle, remaining true to one's self, and how the Robertson family has impacted him.
"I always wanted to write a book," Guraedy said. "There's been so many questions out there: do you really talk that slow? I decided to put it into a book and answer a lot of questions about my Christian faith, which I am proud of and just slowing some people down from the everyday rush. The book wasn't meant to come at people like 'You've gotta do this or else.' It was a little advice and encouragement; it worked for me and maybe it'll work for them. It kinda tells the story of my life from where I've been to where I am."
The Mountain Man is an air-conditioning repair man who received a call to work on Willie Robertson's unit. What he didn't expect was the fame that would come with appearing on the hit reality series "Duck Dynasty," which features the entire Robertson clan. People fell in love with Guraedy just as much as the Robertson family, and he became a regular on the show. more >>
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has recently published an essay on its website acknowledging that founder Joseph Smith had a teenage spouse. The founder of the Exmormon Foundation, however, says the essay is misleading, because Joseph Smith had more than one teenage bride.
In an essay about polygamy, the church noted the various wives that Smith married, acknowledging that at least one of them was not yet 15 when she married the religious leader.
Titled "Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo," the essay had a section specifically focused on Smith's marriages, listing those whom he wedded. more >>
An Augustinian monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, centuries ago on the last day of October.
As the 500th anniversary of the historic occasion is still a few years away, various groups are already overseeing ways and providing resources to celebrate the milestone.
Tom Macy, senior pastor at Faith Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, told The Christian Post in an earlier interview that he viewed Reformation Day as a better alternative to Halloween. more >>
New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas recently spoke to CP Voice about his new book Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life, and why they matter so much to Christians.
When asked about why he believes people, especially Christians, are so enamored with miracles, Metaxas attributed it to the aspect of encountering God.
"We (Christians) know that life is not an accident, that we're not here because of random forces or that life is meaningless. But when you see God behind this reality, when He pokes in and communicates with us, when something like that happens, the heart thrills because we were made for that communication," Metaxas told The Christian Post. more >>
Michelle Knight survived one of the worst ordeals at the hands of Ariel Castro, but the Christian woman says that she has forgiven her captor and rapist and will go on living her life.
Knight, who now goes by the name Lilly, was held captive by Castro for 11 years with two other girls. They managed to escape in 2013 and have largely avoided all contact with the press, but Knight has decided to stay in the limelight and tell her story, perhaps as an example of survival for others.
"I was able to forgive him," Knight said at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School in Chadron, Ohio on Sunday. more >>