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Can a Christian be a Conservative?

Saying "lack of care" is far too strong. The difference is not in the degree of care, but in how that care should be provided. Remember the saying: "Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him ...
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Can a Christian be a Conservative?

'Conservative' and 'Liberal' are massively over-simplified labels (and which even after over-simplification have different meanings in different places) and asking whether a Christian would fit within ...
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Can a Christian be a Conservative?

I think a fairly common trap all Christians get sucked into is in thinking that God is on this side or that. That Jesus would be a Republican or a Democrat and endorse their platform wholeheartedly. ...
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What is the Catholic Church's historical position on capital punishment: how did we get here?

Wikipedia's article on this topic is a pretty good place to start, and for in-depth treatment, you'll want By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed (Feser and Bessette; in favor of the death penalty) and ...
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What is the theological background to the belief that taxation is theft?

Foundations: Taxation and private property are in tension The commandment (Exodus 20) "Thou shalt not steal" implies the right to private property, and this is everywhere assumed in ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, is it a sin to vote for pro-choice politicians?

Yes, if the candidate was voted for because they were pro-abortion Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) succinctly summed up the Catholic Church's teachings in the memorandum "...
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According to Roman Catholicism, is it a sin to vote for pro-choice politicians?

Catholicism does not keep a comprehensive list of what does and does not constitute a sin; there are too many actions with moral consequence to allow for such a list. Although the Catechism of the ...
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What are the theological reasons some Protestants are Zionists?

It would be wrong to think that a majority of Protestants are Zionists, but Christian Zionism is nevertheless a substantial movement, especially in the United States. There is a belief among some ...
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What is the policy for Latter-Day Saints' leaders (like bishops) being politically engaged?

Per the LDS website, “stake presidents and bishops are free to contribute, serve on campaign committees and otherwise support candidates of their choice”. So, it seems that bishops are free to ...
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Did Pope Francis overstep any official Catholic boundary when he criticized Trump?

There is no doctrine, policy or convention in the Catholic church that prevents a priest, or any church leader, from pronouncing on the rightness of some action or belief. Historically, over the last ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, is it a sin to vote for pro-choice politicians?

The question is very well addressed in a guide published by Catholic Answers. In a nutshell, the answer is that a Catholic (and, frankly, every human being, regardless of religion) is bound in ...
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Can a Christian be a Conservative?

Politics is just not so simple as your friend insists. This is a huge subject and there will be many different themes in different answers. Current Political situation in UK Here in the UK the voting ...
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What is the theological background to the belief that taxation is theft?

The first thing to notice about the posts linked to in the question is that neither of the theologians in the discussion is claiming that all taxation is theft. Rick Phillips explicitly says "there is ...
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How are the religious usages of mainline and evangelical related to their general nonreligious meanings?

In Christian usage the word 'mainline' (or "mainstream') means exactly what the dictionary says. It means one of the large, organized denominations. It is often modified, so "mainline ...
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What Parts of Libertarianism are Incompatible With Catholicism?

Libertarianism is diametrically opposed to the principle of solidarity. The principle of solidarity requires that men and women of our day cultivate a greater awareness that they are debtors of the ...
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Can a Christian be a Conservative?

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  Brethren, I count not myself to ...
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Can a Christian be a Conservative?

It boils down to the gospel The same question would potentially be asked by a conservative about a progressive, so I'm not sure it's a helpful question to be asking. The real key question is this: is ...
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How are the religious usages of mainline and evangelical related to their general nonreligious meanings?

ORGANIZATIONALLY (non-religious sense), both Mainline and Evangelical terms refer to 2 different ways that Protestant churches are governed in North America. Mainline churches are part of a hierarchy ...
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What is the policy for Latter-Day Saints' leaders (like bishops) being politically engaged?

I decided to change my comment into an answer. Please be forgiving when I suggest that you need a thicker skin. The Church was much more politically active before 1980. Around that time, the IRS ...
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Exodus as justification for political or religious terrorism?

Are there any Christian denominations which in fact consider terrorism to be justified? Perhaps no denominations properly speaking, but definitely there are some Christian individuals and/or groups ...
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What is the biblical basis for allowing atheists to speak openly and freely in society?

On basic human psychology Censoring someone doesn't change their beliefs; it just prevents them from expressing those beliefs where they will be caught. However, censoring someone will absolutely ...
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Does the Bible ever mention class systems?

There are no requirements in the New Testament for the establishment of or abolishment of socio-economic classes, so to the most basic aspect of your question, they can exist or not. There are a ...
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What is the Biblical basis for opposing State Brutality?

The bible makes a case for civil disobedience when it comes to loving our neighbor as ourselves, and standing up to authorities regarding justice for the poor and oppressed, at the expense of ...
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Can a Catholic be an Anarchist?

No, a Catholic cannot be an anarchist. Romans 13:1-5 says we are to obey our "princes" (political leaders) because their authority comes from God; we obey them out of obedience to God: Let ...
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Does Romans 13:1-2 contradict the actions of civil disobedience taken by the apostles?

No. A subordinate authority cannot override a superior one. This is primarily a question of (simple) logic, as opposed to one of religion proper. Thus, if you listen to me because your father told you ...
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Can a Christian be a Conservative?

That question can only be answered once the fundamental question has been resolved - "Can a Christian be involved in any kind of politics, as a member of one political party or another?" ...
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What is the biblical justification for a monarchy?

In order to establish if there is any biblical justification for a monarchy, we need to go back to the Old Testament to the time when God raised up judges to govern the Israelites after they took ...
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What is the biblical justification for a monarchy?

In this age, God does not ordain any particular type of government. Rather, He reveals the purpose for any government of this age. And, accomplishes that purpose through many forms of government ...
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