my article on Legislating Morality in Christian Research Journal
I don't think I moved Frank at all. In fact, he seemed unable to move beyond strawmen. Most notably, he continues to repeat the error that if one is not "legislating morality" in the way that he prefers, then you "abandon the culture...sit idly by", suffer from apathy, and leaving the realm of law and politics to atheists. Of course, that's not what I advocate in my writings at all. He critiques my use of legislating morality against others vs. legislating justice for others. But surely, that's where the distinction, more or less, takes us. And again, not making any distinction here makes things far worse. Finally, he rejects the idea of "opportunity costs"-- that doing X with one's resources necessarily means that one will not be doing Y. Apparently, he's mastered omnipresence or failed to master the first few concepts in Econ101.
The only other disappointment is that the subtitle of his book with Norm Geisler did not make it into the articles: "Is It Wise? Is It Legal? Is It Possible?" What's missing (especially for a Geisler book)?! "Is It Biblical?"! Ultimately, that's the problem with their effort-- and his essay in CRJ. It's focus is on what's possible and what's legal, far moreso than what's biblical and practically helpful for the Kingdom.
And ultimately, that's the problem with most Christian (and secular) involvement with politics. The philosophy and political prescriptions are generally incoherent, because people rarely apply an ethical framework and considered the practical outworkings of their policy proposals.