Christian values

The term Christian values historically refers to the values derived from the teachings of Jesus and taught by Christians throughout the history of the religion. The term has various applications and meanings, and specific definitions can vary widely between denominations, geographical locations, and different schools of thought.

Biblical authority

The biblical teachings of Jesus include:[1]

Modern use in worldwide right-wing politics

In the 21st century United States, Australia, UK and other countries, the phrases "Christian values" and "family values" are used by conservative political groups to describe some or all of the following political stances:

  • censorship of sexual content, especially in movies and on television.[2]
  • the desirability of laws against induced abortion
  • sexual abstinence outside of marriage and abstinence-only education[3]
  • the promotion of intelligent design to be taught in public schools and colleges as an alternative to evolution.[4]
  • the desirability of laws against same-sex marriage
  • support for laws against the acceptance of homosexuality into mainstream society[5]
  • the desirability of organized prayer in public schools[6]

Modern use in worldwide liberal politics

In the 21st century United States, Australia, UK and other countries, the phrases "Christian values" and "family values" are used by liberal political groups to describe some or all of the following political stances:

  • support for a culture of empathy and compassion, seen as central to Christianity among a diverse range of religions and worldviews; favouring individuals, families (of all compositions) and small communities' interests over the interests of large corporations and the powerful;
  • protection of the environment as the product of a deep reverence for God's creation;
  • the undesirability of war other than as a last resort, and a respect for diplomacy;
  • a living wage for all, seen as a mark of concern for the physical welfare of "the least among us"
  • a high, progressive income tax to promote greater income equality in keeping with Jesus' words in support of the poor and against excessive riches;
  • promoting separation of church and state and religious tolerance, consistent with the concept of Christ's kingdom not being "of this world" and warnings against the hunger for potentially corrupting temporal power throughout the Bible.

See also


  1. ^ The Holy Bible, King James Version, Meridian, 1974.
  2. ^ Gregory D. Black, Hollywood Censored, p. 39. "Daniel Lord drafted a Hollywood censorship code. What emerged was a fascinating combination of conservative politics, Catholic theology, and pop psychology.", Cambridge University Press, 1994, ISBN 978-0521452991
  3. ^,"Marriage between a man and a woman forms the sole moral context for natural sexual union. Whether through pornography, promiscuity, incest or homosexuality, deviations from these sexual norms cannot truly satisfy the human spirits."
  4. ^ "Political commentators have noted the rise of the religious right during the presidency of George W. Bush. Though Christianity and politics have often been intertwined in American culture, the Bush administration funded faith-based initiatives more profoundly than any previous president. Moreover, President Bush remarked that he supportted the teaching of intelligent design alongside evolutionary theory in public schools."
  5. ^ "The Bible clearly condemns homosexuality as a sin and Christians who seriously follow God's Word must also condemn it as sin.",
  6. ^ "Prayer InPublic School - A Brief History". Retrieved 23 July 2012. 

External links

  • The Goodness Chart - The Good Values to have in Life and teach children
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