God Terms in Public Life | First Things

Rusty Reno has a nice essay over at First Things.  about what he (following Richard Weaver) calls our “god terms,” those terms that orient and structure our public deliberations.  It reminds me of a time when I was in grad school at Brown and my advisor was running a new initiative on “Human Values.”  Well, the good students there were just convinced that anything with the term “values” in it must be some sort of troglodytic invitation to fascism and they reacted accordingly.  If you don’t know how your community structures its deliberation, you won’t even know how to argue.

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