The flourishing of individuals is premised on relationships of mutual care and fidelity that radiate outward. COVID-19 exposes the death of our current order and calls us back to that mutual love, writes Jake Meador.
In this reflection on the thought of Ivan Illich, L.M. Sacasas writes that there can be no substitute for the work of rediscovering our common humanity in the practice of hospitality, which, insofar as it flowers into friendship, will be the starting point of politics.
When it comes to Silicon Valley, 2020 is not the great reckoning predicted in the book of Revelation, despite the fires, the plagues, and the wailing on Twitter. It is the resignation and determination of Exodus, of a dogged people packing up U-Hauls and fleeing this frontier state to seek an even newer, more eternal world.
A nationalism rooted in values encourages us to be fierce in our opposition to injustices that lie outside our immediate gaze. It tends to foster fellow-feeling beyond the bonds of immediate affinity. It gives us orientation when difficult political questions face us, while also inspiring us to reject the politics of friend and enemy.
Irena Dragaš Jansen
As 2020’s contentious election season builds to a climax, a former resident of the Communist eastern bloc, newly an American citizen, reflects on her political journey, one that traces the travails of Christianity’s own courtship of political cynicism.
Amy Julia Becker
In late April, crowds of people gathered at the Pennsylvania statehouse to protest stay-at-home measures taken in response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Parked out front of the capital was the cab of a dark green 18-wheeler with the words “Jesus is my vaccine”...
Rather than waiting for the ideal political home, Christians should look for a different type of place in politics—one that works to maintain a social structure within which the diverse members and activities in our society can flourish together.
All earthly happiness is precarious. Yet, as Augustine wrote, rather than filling us with despair, this should free us to reckon honestly with the world as it is while simultaneously persevering within it.
How can Christians realize the promise while avoiding the pitfalls of political parties and partisanship—and, in the process, help our society do so as well?
How can those whose theology and spirituality are so similar hold such widely different political opinions? Swedish public theologian Joel Halldorf compares and contrasts the history of faith and politics in the United States and Sweden.