CRI Resource: The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity and Free to Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty  in America

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The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity by Douglas Murray

What’s fascinating about Douglas Murray and his book The Madness of Crowds is that, although he is openly gay and not a practicing Christian, his observations about the diabolical imposition of the new morality and metaphysics of identity, gender, and sexuality — and their Marxist undercurrents — resonate with the concerns of Christians.

From the Inside Cover
Murray examines the twenty-first century’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology, and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools, and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics, and intersectionality. We are living through a postmodern era in which the grand narratives of religion and political ideology have collapsed. In their place have emerged a crusading desire to right perceived wrongs and a weaponization of identity.

Contradictory Settlements and Impossible Demands That Cannot Be Met
“A woman must be allowed to be as sexy and sexual as she pleases, but she must not be sexualized.”

“Allegations of abuse are indeed always to be taken seriously, unless the victim is a man or the accused is a professor of feminist literary theory.”

“One precept not just of feminism but of any decent, civilized society, is that men should not hit or beat up women. And then the world turns its face away from the discovery that in a variety of contact sports people who were born men are now regularly beating women to the ground.”

“The metaphysics that a new generation is imbibing and everyone else is being force-fed has many points of instability, is grounded in a desire to express certainty about things we do not know, and to be wildly dismissive and relativistic about things that we actually do know. The foundations are that anyone might become gay, women might be better than men, people can become white but not black, and anyone can change sex. That anyone who doesn’t fit into this is an oppressor. And that absolutely everything should be made political.”

Sow Doubt, Division, Animosity, and Fear
“It is a curiosity of the age that, after the situation appears at the very least to be better than it ever was, it is presented as though it has never been worse.”

“The aim of the social justice campaigners has consistently been to take each issue — gay, women, race, trans — that they can present as a rights grievance and make their case at its most inflammatory. Their desire is not to heal but to divide, not to placate but to inflame, not to dampen but to burn. In this the last part of a Marxist substructure can be glimpsed. If you cannot rule a society — or pretend to rule it, or try to rule it and collapse everything — then you can do something else. In a society that is alive to its faults, and though imperfect remains a better option than anything else on offer, you sow doubt, division, animosity, and fear.”

Free to Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty  in America by Luke Goodrich

Free to Believe Will Accomplish Three Things

1) This book will ground Christians in the deep scriptural and theological underpinnings of religious freedom. Too often we begin thinking about religious freedom as a legal, cultural, or political problem without first recognizing that it is a theological problem.

2) This book will help the church understand the most important legal and cultural threats to religious freedom in the coming years. Our challenges today are different from the religious freedom challenges of fifteen years ago and different from those in other countries.

3) Free to Believe will equip the church — practically — to live out our faith within a changing culture. Much of Scripture was written to the persecuted church, and we need to reacquaint ourselves with that message.

Why Religious Freedom Matters
“The denial of religious freedom is a form of injustice in two respects: it is an attempt by the government to invade a realm that belongs only to God, and it is a denial of something that every human being deserves — the opportunity to freely embrace or reject relationship with God.”

“Religious freedom is like a canary in a coal mine for all other rights. When a government begins to take away religious freedom — as has been done in Soviet Russia and Communist China — watch out! Other rights will soon follow.”

Unprecedented Threats to Religious Freedom

“We face a variety of religious freedom threats that would have been unthinkable twenty-five years ago — from laws requiring religious groups to pay for abortions, to laws requiring doctors to help with assisted suicide, to restrictions of free speech on college campuses, to the elimination of long-standing tax exemptions for churches. Same-sex marriage doesn’t explain all of these. Something bigger has happened.”

“The belief in absolute truth is now viewed as a form of discrimination. The belief that abortion is wrong is now viewed as an assault on the health and dignity of women. The belief that God designed sex for marriage between a man and a woman is now viewed as an attack on the LGBT community. Our nation is less religious than ever before, meaning fewer people need religious freedom. And our nation is more religiously diverse than ever before, meaning it is harder to protect religious freedom. This is a recipe for unprecedented attacks on religious freedom.”

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