Christianity is the greatest intellectual system the mind of man has ever touched
Doctrinal rightness and rightness of ecclesiastical position are important, but only as a starting point to go on into a living relationship - and not as ends in themselves
History indicates that that at a certain point of economic breakdown people cease being concerned with indivdual liberties and are ready to accept regimentation. The danger is obviously greater when two main values so many people have are personal peace and affluence.
Christianity provides a unified answer for the whole of life.
The inward area is the first place of loss of true Christian life, of true spirituality, and the outward sinful act is the result.
In passing, we should note this curious mark of our own age: the only absolute allowed is the absolute insistence that there is no absolute.
Each generation of the church in each setting has the responsibility of communicating the gospel in understandable terms, considering the language and thought-forms of that setting.
Now, not all the founding fathers were individually, personally, Christians. That certainly is true. But, nevertheless, they founded the country on the base that there is a God who is the Creator (now I come to the next central phrase) who gave the inalienable rights.
I believe that pluralistic secularism, in the long run, is a more deadly poison than straightforward persecution.