Dogmatism…

Relativism kills protest and passion…When we resist apartheid in South Africa (or in North America, for that matter), we are being dogmatic. When we insist that everyone is created in the image of God, that is a dogmatic doctrinal assertion, a theological statement of faith. That one doctrinal absolute defines the value of such causes as the pro-life stuggle, the resolve to decrease homelessness, and so on. Without dogmatism, slavery would still be an American and British institution. Slavery worked; it helped prosper the national economy. But it was wrong. Without the dogmatism of Rosa Parks, the black woman who refused to sit in the back of the bus, and the dogmatism of the marchers in Selma, Alabama, who, in 1965 dared to contradict the government’s and soceity’s status quo, in spite of being attacked by two hundred state police with tear gas, nightsticks, and whips–were it not for such dogmatism, injustices like this would persist to this day…Those modern relativists who insist dogmatically on justice or truth are using borrowed capital of a Christian past.

Horton, Made In America, pg. 162

"Harmony of intellect, emotion, and reform",

The average unbeliever today is unlikely to have the impression that to be a thinking person, it is unreasonable to be fettered by religious dogma, especially by the Bible. But it is important that we recognize that this perception is due in part to our having accepted the divorce between the heart and mind–a divorce which the Puritans, like the Reformers before them, refused to recognize. It is difficult for us to appreciate the harmony of intellect, emotion, and reform that Reformation Christianity enjoyed. Thoughts had inspired Reformers and Puritans, shaping their outlook, affections, and activities in the community. ‘My heart is stirred by a noble theme,’ sang the psalmist. Great thoughts produced great emotions and both created motivation for reform in the surrounding world.

(Made in America, by Michael Horton, pg. 22)