and heart. Reasonably and rationally, (lesson #17) one must consider the collective began somewhere, and with a “first.” One. Is not a single baby important? Why would a group of firemen risk their lives to rescue a single child -or for that matter- a single elderly man, from a collapsing, burning building? Because intuitively we understand we are only as important as the individual; that life first and foremost matters at the individual level. We intuitively understand life must be respected through and to the individual, or, collectively, we are .. less than we can be individually. This is the basis for Judeo/Christian values, and it is the core of conservatism.
Further, it's a no-brainer this concept is fundamental in reverse to its opposite; collectivism must use “boxes” and use general authority to destroy individualism (private property, sovereignty, inalienable rights, etc.) to sacrifice the Productive for the good of the UNproductive.
So, if we have such a fundamental link between Christianity and conservatism, one approach to fight conservatism is to attack its origins. If the leftist movement can make inroads into Christianity, it will simultaneously weaken conservatism. This is where we see the purpose for existence of church’s like the American Episcopalians. This also explains the oddball conundrums of this Church and their inconsistent, evolving philosophy.
Think with an open mind and do a little research into their evolving beliefs, comparing them to the fundamentals of Judeo/Christian values. Also compare their beliefs with that of a socialized, democratic statist.
This will help get you started:
First, be sure to keep to the American Episcopal Church for their philosophy is quite different than their European counterpart. Also keep in mind they use the Bible as the bases for their beliefs, and yet, seem to find things in between the lines just like an activist judge does with our Constitution.
While the history of the Episcopal Church is quite grand, its recent evolvement is rather confusing, so don’t focus so much on all the outcroppings and recent upstarts and mergers. It should suffice to review the concepts and philosophies of the American Episcopal Church through their current leader’s recent words:
-- view the video of their Presiding Bishop, Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori. Gay views notwithstanding, notice the attempt to destroy individual salvation.
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1211587,00.html – a Times interview with Ms. Schori back in 2006.
http://ecusa.anglican.org/presiding-bishop.htm -- The Episcopal Church and The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori.
I believe this American Church exists in America because of its members/leader's political beliefs. Their religious concepts evolve to fit their political philosophies, giving it –like Mr. Obama’s home church— a philosophy based in political (physical) power and not on religious (spiritual) precepts.
The American Episcopal Church represents, in my opinion, the desperation of America’s leftist movement. It is one of many tools being used by atheists and other liberal, socialist democrats to derail the most complete and the most pure form of government humankind will ever invent and embrace: classic conservatism.
Think with an open mind, and don't be afraid to reach a conclusion, too. When you have consistency in values, there must be conclusions.