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'The Three Most Important Issues'?: What the Manhattan Declaration Gets Wrong

As I said in my previous post, I can find things to applaud in the recent Manhattan Declaration along with things to dispute. But I don't think Chuck Colson got it quite right when he spoke about the statement to the New York Times: "We argue that there is a hierarchy of issues. A lot of younger evangelicals say they're all alike. We're hoping to educate them that these are the three most important issues."

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His statement deserves at least two responses. First, our failure to join in their project is not due to a lack of attempts to "educate" us via long but well-written arguments and declarations. In fact, a little more respectful listening and a little less arguing, educating, and declaring might have been good for all parties. Second, I've never once heard a single "younger evangelical" say all issues are alike. We would agree that there is a hierarchy of issues. The difference lies in what goes near the top of our lists. For example, Jonathan Merritt points to "anti-life atrocities" like these:

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