Skip to comments.Press Release: Remembering Margaret Thatcher’s Public Theology
Posted on 04/09/2013 3:52:33 AM PDT by rhema
Thatchers faith and leadership helped revive a nation, peacefully win the Cold War, and promote global human rights ultimately based on biblical principles of human dignity and responsibility.
-IRD [Institute on Religion and Democracy] President Mark Tooley
Washington, DCRaised a devout Methodist who later joined the Church of England, Margaret Thatcher vigorously applied her Christian faith to her public life as one of the most important and successful leaders of the Cold War era.
Thatcher outlined her public theology in her 1988 speech to the Church of Scotland, where she explained the Bible offers a view of the universe, a proper attitude to work, and principles to shape economic and social life. She said: We are told we must work and use our talents to create wealth. If a man will not work he shall not eat wrote St. Paul to the Thessalonians. Indeed, abundance rather than poverty has a legitimacy which derives from the very nature of Creation.
In her speech, Thatcher said Christianity doesnt offer political and economic specifics. But any set of social and economic arrangements which is not founded on the acceptance of individual responsibility will do nothing but harm.
And Thatcher insisted: We must not profess the Christian faith and go to Church simply because we want social reforms and benefits or a better standard of behavior; but because we accept the sanctity of life, the responsibility that comes with freedom and the supreme sacrifice of Christ.
IRD President Mark Tooley commented:
Thatchers faith and leadership helped revive a nation, peacefully win the Cold War, and promote global human rights ultimately based on biblical principles of human dignity and responsibility. God bless her memory.
Lets pray that churches of today are spiritually nurturing future such leaders as did British Methodism in Thatchers early years.
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