Role of the State Tag

09 Sep 2011 Political self-defense: Some people find Christianity quite offensive – it just isn’t so

By Michael Wagner, Originally published in the February 2011 issue of Reformed Perspective magazine(http://reformedperspective.ca/), page 8 The concept of self-defense is easy to understand and its validity is recognized by most people, whether Christian or not. If somebody is attacked, it is easy to understand that fighting back is a proper and even moral thing to do. That’s why people sympathize with the victim in these situations—self-defense seems naturally just.
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15 Mar 2011 Debate: Ethics without belief is not only implausible, it’s impossible

The following article, by ARPA Canada board member Neil Dykstra, was published in the Calgary Beacon in response to an opinion piece by Janet Keeping, president, and Dan Shapiro, research associate, of the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership. You can find their response here. Ms. Keeping and Mr. Shapiro, in their agreement with the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal decision that banned prayer in Saguenay’s city hall, describe a vision for Canada in which government policies are made without any influence whatsoever from religion. They invert “Freedom of religion” into its exact opposite – where only humanist ethics are acceptable in the public square, to the exclusion of all other belief systems. In so doing, they ignore the pluralist foundation of Canada’s constitution and history.
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03 Feb 2011 Free e-booklet: Public Religion in a Privatized Society by Ray Pennings

On May 4, 2010, Ray Pennings (Senior Fellow and Director of Research at Cardus) made a presentation to MPs in the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. The event was organized by ARPA Canada and was co-sponsored by Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott and Liberal MP John McKay. The presentation was a condensed version of this document. The extra information in this booklet was prepared by Mr. Pennings to supplement his talk. Booklets are available by contacting [email protected]  
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12 Jan 2011 The Future for Canada’s Reformed Churches in Public Life

Reader's Comments: We would love to hear your thoughts about this topic. What are some reasons for optimism or concern when it comes to our public witness? Comments are welcomed through the Facebook page or send us an email at [email protected] (By Mark Penninga): It has only been about 60 years since a swell of Dutch Reformed immigrants crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a quest for space, freedom, and opportunity in Canada. A lot has changed since then, with a third and fourth generation emerging, many of whom have more awareness of Quebec culture than Dutch. We may wonder what the future looks like for a church community that is now fully Canadian. Here are some things to consider when we look specifically at the role of Reformed Christians in the public square.
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12 Oct 2010 A Critique of Theonomy and Reconstructionism

By Doug Schouten (first printed in a Cloverdale ARPA Alert - 2006) There is a new documentary [1] available for preview on the internet that follows a class of young children as they go through an evangelical ‘boot camp’. Among the footage in this disturbing film are scenes in which the children dress up in army fatigues and are called to be holy warriors, and where they are told to lay down and bless a cutout of President Bush. To anyone with even a modest level of discernment, this documentary represents the outer fringes of the evangelical movement. However, besides the harm it presents to the true image of Christ’s church, it highlights one of the undercurrents within the evangelical movement, that is, the concept of Christian reconstructionism. Over the past two decades this erroneous understanding of Christian political action has achieved hegemony in a number of denominations in the United States, and is now making inroads into Canada. Reformed Christians are by no means immune to its influences.
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09 Sep 2010 (Updated) Responses to Harper: “My God is a Tolerant God”

ARPA Note: Readers comments are included below. Add your thoughts by emailing [email protected] Let us know if you want them to be made public with your name or anonymously. Globe & Mail, Sept 8 2010: Prime Minister Stephen Harper has used his Christian faith to “unequivocally condemn” a Florida church that plans to burn 200 copies of the Muslim holy book. “I don't speak very often about my own religion, but let me be very clear: My God and my Christ is a tolerant God, and that's what we want to see in this world,” he said. Read more
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03 Aug 2010 New ARPA Video: Bible Inscriptions on Parliament

What does Canada's Christian heritage mean today? For one, it reminds us that "Canadian values" are not what judges or journalists dream up. Our history testifies that it was Christian principles that built this country and made it strong and free. This very short video looks at some examples of Canada's Christian heritage, carved into our Parliament buildings in Ottawa. ...

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05 Jul 2010 A Story Worth Knowing: How we lost Dominion Day

A dozen MPs, acting without a quorum, changed the holiday's name to the vapid, meaningless 'Canada Day' By GREG FELTON, Montreal Gazette, June 30, 2010: At 4 p.m. on a Friday - July 9, 1982 -the House of Commons met with only one item on the agenda: Bill C-201, a private member's bill to change the name of the July 1 holiday from "Dominion Day" to "Canada Day." About a dozen of the 282 members the House showed up for work, which presented a procedural problem: A quorum...

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