I’m teaching now a World Journalism Institute class made up largely of college students. One asked yesterday, “Is WORLD primarily a conservative magazine or a Christian magazine?” I replied, “Christian, definitely,” and pointed her to our mission statement: “To report, interpret, and illustrate the news in a timely, accurate, enjoyable, and arresting fashion from a perspective that is committed to the Bible as the inerrant Work of God.”

So is WORLD conservative? Partly. In contemporary America “conservative” and “Christian” have a big overlap, particularly because liberalism is so aggressive. Liberal culture emphasizes government (rather than family, church, or business) as problem-solver. Liberal culture stresses subjectivity (as in the freedom to choose abortion) rather than objective truth. Liberal culture has become the established religion, one that Christians should oppose.

Some of the classical virtues embraced by conservatives, such as honor and duty, are also important to Christianity. Centurions who melded belief in God with the Roman code are good guys in the New Testament: See chapter eight of Matthew, along with a centurion’s awestruck comment following the crucifixion, “Truly this was the Son of God.” But Christianity goes beyond Greece and Rome by stressing faith, hope, and charity—and that difference works itself out in policy issues.

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