I don’t usually get into politics on this blog. Discussing theology provides plenty of opportunity for disagreement on its own. But I’m curious if readers think Todd Akin’s theology has in any way contributed to the pickle that he’s currently in.
For those who are unaware, Akin is the candidate who recently implied that female rape victims have the ability to use their body to prevent themselves from becoming pregnant. He has since apologized for making the comment. In the wake of the controversy, many prominent Republicans (including Romney and Ryan) have urged him to withdraw from the race. Akin has so far refused those calls.
Akin comes from a conservative Calvinist background. He is a current member and former elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. He holds a MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary. The PCA is a conservative Reformed denomination that broke off from the mainline Presbyterians in the 1970’s. They hold to the Westminster Confession of faith, and do not permit women in any leadership roles. Well known PCA theologians include R.C. Sproul, and John Frame. Former MO senator Jim Talent is also a member of the denomination.
I can’t prove it by any means, but wonder if Akin’s ill-advised quote is rooted in Calvinist and Complimentarian theology. In addition, his refusal to withdraw from the race seems to be consistent with a view where all actions are decreed by God. I think Akin sees himself as anointed by God and guaranteed to win the Senate seat.
As a personal disclosure, I tend to lean conservative in my political views, but do disagree with Republicans on some issues. I think Akin ought to step aside now to give a stronger Republican candidate a chance to run for the seat.