From the Fall of man and exile from the Garden to the present day, the people of God have had to think about how to live well in a world mixed with and largely dominated by nonbelievers, particularly this has been a challenge with regard to politics. Should Christians withdraw from society, burning bridges on our way out and utterly unconcerned with whether or not the law of the land reflects our ethical principles–even expecting that it usually will not? Or should we fling ourselves into the life of the state unreservedly, working with all our might to bring politics under the sway of our religious beliefs? Should we identify those two opposing poles and, like good Aristotelians, strike some kind of middle ground?
Join us today on Christian Humanist Profiles as Coyle Neal talks about these issues with Robert Benne, especially focusing on his book Good and Bad Ways to Think about Religion and Politics.
Books Mentioned in the Show
- Robert Benne, Good and Bad Ways to Think about Religion and Politics
- Robert Benne, Quality with Soul: How Six Premier Colleges and Universities Keep Faith with their Religious Traditions
- Will Herberg, Protestant–Catholic–Jew
- Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic
- Books by Glenn Tinder