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  • WendellWag@aol.com
    Obama quotes C. S. Lewis at National Prayer Breakfast yesterday. You can find the news story various places by Googling. This is the quotation from the
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 3, 2012
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      Obama quotes C. S. Lewis at National Prayer Breakfast yesterday.  You can find the news story various places by Googling.  This is the quotation from the speech: “Christianity has not, and does not profess to have, a detailed political program. It is meant for all men at all times and the particular program which suited one place or time would not suit another.”  This is fairly close to what Lewis wrote in the second paragraph of the third chapter of Book 3 of Mere Christianity (with a couple of dropped phrases and a dropped sentence), which is as follows: “The second thing to get clear is that Christianity has not, and does not profess to have, a detailed political program for applying 'Do as you would be done by' to a particular society at a particular moment.  It could not have. It is meant for all men at all times and the particular program which suited one place or time would not suit another.”
       
      Wendell Wagner
    • davise@cs.nyu.edu
      Wendell --- Thanks very much for posting this! Most of what one finds about this on Google News are right-wing commentators indignant that the Devil can quote
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 3, 2012
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        Wendell ---

        Thanks very much for posting this!

        Most of what one finds about this on Google News are right-wing commentators indignant that the Devil can quote Scripture, but here is a link to the full text:

        http://blog.newsok.com/politics/2012/02/02/president-barack-obama-speaks-at-national-prayer-breakfast/

        -- Ernie


        --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, WendellWag@... wrote:
        >
        > Obama quotes C. S. Lewis at National Prayer Breakfast yesterday. You can
        > find the news story various places by Googling. This is the quotation from
        > the speech: “Christianity has not, and does not profess to have, a detailed
        > political program. It is meant for all men at all times and the particular
        > program which suited one place or time would not suit another.” This is
        > fairly close to what Lewis wrote in the second paragraph of the third
        > chapter of Book 3 of Mere Christianity (with a couple of dropped phrases and a
        > dropped sentence), which is as follows: “The second thing to get clear is
        > that Christianity has not, and does not profess to have, a detailed political
        > program for applying 'Do as you would be done by' to a particular society
        > at a particular moment. It could not have. It is meant for all men at all
        > times and the particular program which suited one place or time would not
        > suit another.”
        >
        > Wendell Wagner
        >
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