Christianity Today, the nonprofit media ministry that publishes Church Law & Tax Report, recently unveiled its new cause: Beautiful Orthodoxy. The vision: In a world in desperate need of truth, goodness, and beauty, Christianity Today leads the church by richly communicating the breadth of the true, good, and beautiful gospel.
Matthew Branaugh, Editor of Church Law & Tax Report, recently explained how this cause relates to the publication.
How does Church Law & Tax Report reflect Beautiful Orthodoxy?
We know legal, tax, and risk management matters don't seem too connected to the word "beauty," but we think the vision of Beautiful Orthodoxy fits well with this publication both philosophically and practically.
Philosophically speaking, American culture is collapsing under the weight of its own legal system. The 2013 annual report by the Federal Judiciary underscores this reality: 376,000 filings of civil or criminal cases in federal district courts; another 56,475 federal appellate court filings; and 1.1 million bankruptcy cases. When local court cases are included, some organizations, such as the National Federation of Independent Business, believe 15 million lawsuits are filed each year in America.
And none of this accounts for the hundreds of laws made every year at the federal and state legislatures, or through government-instituted regulatory agencies. The volume of laws and legal precedents to comply with continues to expand at a mind-boggling rate.