Dr. Montgomery, today I’d like to switch gears a little bit and talk about religious liberty, since according to what you’ve said, our God-given human rights provide its foundation. Many secularists claim that it was the Enlightenment, or secular reason, that brought us religious liberty. Where do we see religious liberty going in a society where secularism is so dominant? Is religious liberty on the rise, or is it being attacked, and why?
Dr. John Warwick Montgomery:
It’s certainly being attacked, and wherever you have a decline in Christian faith, you’re going to have a decline in freedom. It’s as simple as that. And the reason, of course, is that if God isn’t in the picture, then something else is going to replace Him, and the something else will inevitably be the pagan, the unbeliever, and the society and the government that is created by such individuals. And of course, under those circumstances, it’s going to be necessary to force one’s human views on other people. And by doing this, freedom disappears—this is seen again and again in the modern world.
Thank you for joining us this week on Home School Heartbeat, Dr. Montgomery. I’ve enjoyed our discussion, and I’m sure our listeners have as well. I’m Mike Farris.