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The Rights Fight: A Christian Response to America’s Debate About Rights

By April 20, 2012July 16th, 2014No Comments

Jay Lucas
Reliance Media, 269 Pages, Paper, $14.95

Society, American society in particular, is very conscious of individual and group rights, so much so that it has contributed to chaos and decline. “In all of human history there has never been a culture as rights-conscious and rights-obsessed as America in the 21st century.” Lucas points out that there are but two basic ways to understand rights: Christianity and secularism. The Rights Fight defends the Christian view. “The Bible was not specifically written to serve as a treatise on human rights.” Yet there is much to say about the subject. One must first reckon with the fact that God, not people, is the owner of all things. “God is a property owner and a rights-holder, and He created man in His image so that man can fulfill the dominion mandate. This is foundational to rights.” The reader can see how these truths bear upon believers’ lives. Christians must Biblically know what a right is, where rights come from, and how they know these things. America has moved from a Biblical understanding of rights to a secular view of rights.

One interesting chapter is “The Right to Eternal Life,” based on John 1:12: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God.” Another interesting section tells of a couple of debates with atheists and how their thinking relates to the subject.

Lucas is a pastor and director of the Isaac Backus Project, a ministry dedicated to training Christians in apologetics and equipping them to engage the culture with Biblical truth.

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