Category: Political Theology

Mere-O @ Acton U

I’m currently in Grand Rapids, Michigan attending the Acton Institute’s “Acton University”—an annual four-day conference focused, broadly, around two topics: Religion and Liberty. Acton is often pegged as a free-market think-tank, but after two days of discussion, it is evident...

/ June 16, 2011

The Defense of the Garden

Peter Leithart: If Adam was posted as guard, then he was supposed to resist.  Even in an unfallen world, Adam had to resist evil; my argument in Defending Constantine is that the fall was, among many other things, Adam’s failure to resist....

/ May 15, 2011

Blaming Terry Jones

Once you’re done amusing yourself on this lovely Friday afternoon, give Christopher Tollefsen’s interesting argument against Terry Jones’ (the infamous Koran burning pastor) a read. Tollefson’s basic point is that Jones is morally culpable for being lethally reckless, on grounds...

/ April 8, 2011

“Civil Societarianism” and the Place of the Church

Erik Kain: I view civil society as inherently cooperative rather than competitive. Whether you view government as a weed or not, privatizing traditionally public services by handing them over or contracting them out to for-profit institutions is a mistake. Picture...

/ March 2, 2011

Oliver O’Donovan on the American Political Environment

In light light of Andrew’s excellent interviews with Craig Carter, I thought you all might be interested in an interview with Oliver O’Donovan by the folks over at the Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology (may their tribe increase)....

/ October 30, 2010

Hunter on the Power of Politics

While rereading To Change the World, I came across this passage, where Hunter almost anticipates my remarks: Some argue that what we need is a redefinition of politics, one that is more capacious and capable of absorbing actions, ideas, and...

/ July 27, 2010

Expecting to Change the World

What if political conservatism, properly understood (as it almost never is) not as the propagation of ideology, but as ideology’s negation, naturally avoids James Davison Hunter’s critique of over-politicized Christianity, and, furthermore, absorbs some of Hunter’s best insights? This was,...

/ July 21, 2010

Arguing with George William Curtis

I’d never heard of George William Curtis before this past Saturday. A quote of his popped up on my friend’s facebook wall, in what I assume to be a strange way of pepping himself up for the US/Ghana World Cup...

/ June 27, 2010

Government according to O’Donovan

I have written plenty about Oliver O’Donovan’s political theology.  Or not so much “written” as quoted.  In many ways, I’m still in the midst of the long process of digesting his project in a way that allows me to reformulate...

/ May 21, 2010

Faction and Revolt: Kyrgyzstan in Light of American Foundations

Kyrgyzstan is in revolt but it is unclear what the revolt will accomplish.  The opposition parties are demanding democracy and equality, fed up with the cronyism of current President, Kurmanbek Bakiev and convinced that the government is working to undermine...

/ April 7, 2010