How can Christians best participate in political life? Zachary McCartney and Ben Peterson make a richly considered and theologically grounded case for the church as the archetypal polis: the political community of which all our other political communities are symbols.
We find ourselves, in the United States at the end of a global pandemic, in a society that is increasingly isolating, and with increasing alienation between classes: economic classes, and political and cultural classes as well. How did this society of profound anti-solidarity come to be, and how can it be healed, if it can? Carlo Lancellotti addresses these questions in this essay.
“It seems that we are called to do something about whiteness. What that something we are called to do is, and what that whiteness is that we are called to do it to, or about, are some of the questions that it is difficult to ask. To speak in this way feels like treading in some way on ground that it cursed. Is there a way to avoid invoking this curse?”
In spending time with the elderly and others of those most at risk in my community at the vaccination site, I have come to see better the preciousness of life in its essential vulnerability. To live without this awareness is to deaden oneself to the sense of what is worth fearing and what is worth daring.