Maybe you’ve seen a sign in your neighbor’s yard that reads something like this:

In this house we believe that:

Black Lives Matter

Love Is Love

Gay Rights Are Civil Rights

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

Transgender Women Are Women

If the “we believe” format and propositions sound familiar, that’s because they are. It’s a creed, albeit a secular one, without reference to transcendent moral authority, whether divine or historical. 

Rebecca McLaughlin’s provocative new book, The Secular Creed: Engaging Five Contemporary Claims (The Gospel Coalition) helps us disentangle the beliefs Christians gladly affirm from those they cannot embrace. And she invites us to talk with our neighbors about the things that matter most—what we’re willing to fight for, our vision of the good life for ourselves and others.

Many non-Christians believe these statements will make unity and peace possible. But in this interview, McLaughlin shows why Christianity is the original source and firmest foundation for true diversity, equality, and life-transforming love. 

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Editors’ note: 

This episode of Gospelbound is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of Faithful Leaders and the Things That Matter Most by Rico Tice. There are many books on leadership strategies and church structures, but this one looks at what matters most: the character and attitude of church leaders. More information at thegoodbook.com.