The Inspiration of the New Christian Intellectual
Here is an introductory outline of some of the key philosophical points upheld by the contributors at For the New Christian Intellectual.
Reason is our only means of knowing the truth and thus surviving. The only alternative to following reason is to follow “no reason” — the arbitrary. Scripture calls us to think and to do what is reasonable, including reasoning about what God says.
Self-interest is proper and foundational to morality. It is practical for life because it clarifies our goals and provides motivation, leading to purpose, productivity, and pride. Scripture reveals that God is self-interested and he directs man to be as well. This glorifies God. The opposite of self-interest, the morality of self-sacrifice, in and of itself is not a virtue. But self-denial to achieve a greater self-interest is moral.
Life requires reason and self-interest, and these in turn require a society of rights. Scripture places the state as the protector of individual liberty and property, not as a nursemaid (Ex 20:13–16, Matthew 17:24–27, Romans 13:1–7, and 1 Peter 2:13–16). Individual rights are important because force stops man’s means of survival, his mind. All attempts to gain a value by initiating force are both impractical and immoral.
The more these views are known and accepted, the better it will be for the preservation of Western Civilization and the edification of the church.