Category: Political Theology

On the City and the Gods: A Lost Chapter of Aristotle

By Greg Forster Having considered Socrates’ proposals in the Republic for the community of women and property, and his somewhat modified proposals in the Laws, we now consider his fanciful proposal in the less well-known dialogue Glaucon for a city...

/ November 15, 2017
book-reviews

Book Review: The Two Kingdoms: A Guide for the Perplexed by Brad Littlejohn

I’m pleased to publish this guest review by the Rev. Kyle Dillon. American churches today have become divided over the question of what it means to live as Christians in an increasingly post-Christian society. Should our approach toward secular culture...

/ August 8, 2017

In Praise of Cultural Christianity

I’m pleased to publish this guest editorial from Stephen Wolfe. Cultural Christianity is frequently an object of scorn in American evangelical Christianity. Though elsewhere even atheists claim to be culturally Christian (e.g., Richard Dawkins), in the United States the term...

/ August 2, 2017

Quiz: What Political Theology Are You?

NOTE: Matthew Loftus and Susannah Black assisted with the creation of this quiz. Given the popularity of last week’s post indexing the various political theologies Christians might adopt today, we have created a quiz to help you figure out where...

/ May 1, 2017
benedict-option

Indexing Political Theologies: Six Christianity and Culture Strategies

One of the smarter criticisms I’ve read of Rod’s book comes from Doug Wilson’s initial post about it in which he raises the question of whether we are moving into a time of extended testing under an established regime hostile...

/ April 24, 2017

Gangs of New Jerusalem: Act 1

We’ve been told that this is “unintelligible.” “Self-indulgently self-referential,” they’ve called it. “Possibly a really bad idea.” “Only five people will get it,” they’ve said. Well, you know who else they said that about? Shaw. Molière. Sheridan. Congreve. Aristophanes. Also...

/ April 20, 2017

Polis/Counter-polis: On the Civic Benedict Option

October 2016 was a simpler, more innocent time. We were all youths, wet behind the ears; we look back at ourselves with a kind of bemused affection. Rod Dreher assumed, surely—we all assumed—that Hillary Clinton would win in November, that...

/ April 18, 2017

An Introduction to the Reformed Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms

I’m really excited to publish this post today from my friend Eric Hutchinson, classics professor at Hillsdale College. One of the projects I see Mere O taking on in the coming days is trying to outline some basic principles of political...

/ January 5, 2017

Dr. Moore and the Politics of Dinner Parties

I’m pleased to publish this essay by Susannah Black reviewing Dr. Russell Moore’s recent Erasmus Lecture given last weekend in New York City. On Monday night I got on the E train in Forest Hills and headed to the Union...

/ October 27, 2016
washington-political-engagement

On Voting and Civic Participation: A Response to Wayne Grudem

I’m delighted to publish this incisive review of Dr. Grudem’s Trump endorsement written by Drs. Matthew Arbo and Jeremy Kidwell. This has been a strange and bewildering year for American politics, and for certain segments of the American church. Some...

/ October 26, 2016