CultureOfDisrespect

American intellectuals are moving from benign neglect to active opposition to Christian ideas.

American intellectuals have moved beyond the “Culture of Disbelief’ as Stephen Carter termed it in his book of that name. With Christians and Christian ideas increasingly relegated to the margins, we have entered a new and more troubling phase—the culture of disrespect. This movement from benign neglect to active opposition, hostility, and discrimination is being played out in academia, the business world, and government. With few exceptions, orthodox Christian ideas are met with discrimination and perfunctory dismissal.

Speaking to a group of scholars recently, George Marsden, an evangelical Protestant teaching at the University of Notre Dame, accused major universities of discriminating against scholarship that reflects religious, especially Christian, perspectives. “Unless the major universities change, they should add a footnote to the phrase in their catalogues announcing that they ‘welcome diverse perspectives.’ It should read: ‘Except, of course, religious perspectives.’ ”

Since the political correctness movement has woven its way into the power structures of American society, we can no longer avoid trouble simply by proselytizing and keeping fervently held Christian convictions to ourselves.

TWO TEMPTATIONS

Christians are most vulnerable to two postmodern temptations: believing PC rhetoric and then practicing a diluted form of it.

For example, some within the church believe evangelism is outmoded and unnecessary in a culturally diverse society. They have been drawn into the notion that tolerance means leveling those differences that genuinely and appropriately separate peoples. Rather than risk offending a ...

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