Santorum the Theologian

by Eric T. Phillips

In a 2008 speech to students at Ave Maria University in Florida, Rick Santorum explained how his religious beliefs affect his broader worldview. He explained that the cultural war was actually

a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country – the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age. There is no one else to go after other than the United States and that has been the case now for almost two hundred years, once America’s preeminence was sown by our great Founding Fathers.

Part of Satan’s challenge, according to Santorum, is the threat of radical Islam, which is “another spiritual battle.”

But Satan is also attacking the United States from the inside. After academics started succumbing to their own vanity and challenging Christian teachings,

we saw this domino effect, once the colleges fell and those who were being education in our institutions, the next was the church. Now you’d say, ‘wait, the Catholic Church’? No. We all know that this country was founded on a Judeo-Christian ethic but the Judeo-Christian ethic was a Protestant Judeo-Christian ethic, sure the Catholics had some influence, but this was a Protestant country and the Protestant ethic, mainstream, mainline Protestantism, and of course we look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.

Two things:

1. Imagine what U.S. foreign policy would look like with a president who sees every real and imagined threat to America as part of a titanic struggle between the forces of good and the forces of Satan.

2. Santorum must think a lot of people are going to hell.

 

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