Southern Evangelical Seminary: New Survey Shows Americans Are Placing Too Much Emphasis on a Physical World and Society

SES: ‘Unalienable Rights Should Be Inviolable, Not Restricted’

April 12, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In a recent Lifeway Research survey, Americans were asked if the pandemic and living under lockdown have affected how they view their lives. While various trends were reported, there was a significant presence of discouragement, with an emphasis placed primarily on the physical world and society.

“The latest Lifeway poll shows several significant trends about how the politico-media complex, which is the network of relationships between government and media, impacts the attitudes and thoughts of Americans,” said Dr. Bernard James Mauser, Professor of Philosophy at Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, “Their research shows greater numbers of people than ever before face discouragement and focus merely on the importance of our physical world and society. This is the very narrative that the media and government have been foisting upon Americans for the last year with sweeping restrictions upon our lives, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in the name of our physical safety. You may recognize the three rights mentioned as unalienable rights. These were to be inviolable and especially by government. They were negative rights you had by nature, not positive rights that the government gives you special permission to have. The Declaration which lists these was a fighting document that justified throwing off the tyranny of the government that did violate these rights.

“Many have bought the underlying view promulgated in the politico-media complex that protecting our physical safety is the penultimate goal of the state. Keep in mind that politicians and bureaucrats will never let a good crisis go to waste. This is not to say they are all immoral, but that they are just as self-interested as anyone else in protecting their position and expanding their power. Similarly with the media, remember the popular slogan of the media today is: ‘If it bleeds, it reads.’ To attract readers everything needs to be shocking, a crisis, or an emergency. Drama sells. During a time of unconstitutional and immoral overreach by politicians, bureaucrats, government controlled ‘expert’ stooges colluding with the media to promote the big government narrative, it is more important than ever to be able to make both the moral and constitutional case for small government.”

Dr. Mauser will be teaching an online summer module May 17-22 at SES titled “Philosophy, Politics, and Economics,” which is an introduction to the philosophical concepts behind modern government and economics that specifically examines the American experience, the debates between different schools of economic thought, and the consequences (register at

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