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To: Alex Murphy
Main-line high-church Christianity tends to be pretty weak on individual moral issues. What we call evangelicals are already to some degree self-selected to be the more devout, expecting a more personal relationship with God, and expecting more personal moral accountability. The better comparison would be to compare evangelicals to the more devout catholics, rather than the broader big-tent catholic mainstream.

Between devout catholics and devout evangelicals you'll probably find they are equally opposed to abortion. Then compare mainline moderate protestants to secular catholics. Same-same.

In general terms, catholic or non-catholic, the more devout tend to be the more principled morally. The christian-in-name-only, catholic and non-catholic alike, tend to be less principled morally. The political divide does not precisely follow along that fault line but over time you can follow currents that flow from it. Over time, political philosophy flows out of your religious convictions if you have any. The absence of it also marks your political philosophy.

4 posted on 08/01/2008 4:40:36 PM PDT by marron
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To: marron
Between devout catholics and devout evangelicals you'll probably find they are equally opposed to abortion. Then compare mainline moderate protestants to secular catholics. Same-same.

Exactly. There are liberal Catholic churches just as there are liberal Protestant churches who are renegades and oppose the official doctrine of their church. Nothing new there - it's been happening since the first century.

Now what IS disturbing are those Christians I know who seem to really, truly have a close and authentic relationship with Jesus, and yet support Obama despite his clearly anti-Christian position and values. I just cannot reconcile it with all I believe those who follow Christ "should" look like. Sadly, I find I pray for them much like I pray for my enemies.
7 posted on 08/01/2008 6:06:58 PM PDT by Zechariah_8_13 (The golden rule can't operate through a government program, it can only work between people.)
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