I'm currently reading the book Republocrat; confessions of a liberal conservative written by Carl Trueman. I absolutely love this book. He is frank, and doesn't worry about taking political sides. He shuns political stereotypes and encourages his readers to thoughtfully consider weakness on both side of the political coin. He exposes and critiques those on the left and those on the right in a very serious and thoughtful manner. I have never read anything so frank, and non-bandwagon-ish ever. He does not pander to the Left; he doesn't bow to the Right. It is absolutely refreshing and eye-opening.
Here is one excerpt he wrote after critiquing and exposing popular news organizations:
"Either human beings are critical creatures, provided with brains that allow them to think for themselves, or they are mere sponge-like receptors who believe whatever they are told by a third party. …We (Christians) are called to be good citizens in this world, and in a democratic society, that involves having as many well-thought-out and informed opinions on the things that really matter as time allows. It is incumbent on us not to surround ourselves with things that conform to our prejudices but to seek and listen to a variety of viewpoints. The listening is not and end in itself, as so many postmodern conversationalists would have it; the purpose is to become more informed and to have better-grounded, better-argued opinions. But that can happen only when watching the news becomes more than just having our gut convictions continually confirmed." (page. 58)
Amen. Amen. Amen.
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