I recently had the pleasure of editing City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era by Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner, releasing October 1 from Moody Publishers. In this volume, Gerson and Wehner draw on their experience as former White House staff, journalists, and commentators on religion (especially evangelicalism) to chart a new course for Christians to engage with politics in a post-Religious-Right era.
Rather than focusing on specific strategies for influencing legislation or electing politicians, the authors outline broad biblical principles that should inform believers as they engage the realm of politics—the “City of Man” in the words of Augustine. Such principles include fighting for human rights, defending life, supporting the family and other character-shaping institutions, and engaging with political and ideological opponents in a civil and respectful manner.
What I most appreciate about City of Man is that it isn’t partisan in its approach, though both authors are well-known conservatives, but that it strives to present biblically and theologically sound first principles that apply to Christians of all political persuasions. I believe the authors succeed, and I recommend this volume to any Christian looking for a deeper understanding of how the City of God relates to the City of Man.
You can download the foreword (by Timothy Keller) and preface in PDF format here.
Roger Morris, author of the top-notch Faith Interface blog, was kind enough to interview me recently, and asked some thought-provoking questions relating to theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Roger also maintains an active Facebook fan page where debate and discussion on these topics is welcome and ongoing.
As part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I was interviewed by Laura de Leon at her fiction-specialty book blog I’m Booking It. If you want a peak behind the Cloud, please drop by Laura’s blog, which also has some great fiction reviews.
I’ve written a guest post for the excellent blog of the Harvard Icthus Journal, the Fish Tank, on the renaissance in Christian philosophy over the past forty years. Please check it out and share your comments or questions there. Here’s the intro:
The last forty years have witnessed a renaissance in philosophy done by Christians and applied to important topics in theology and religion. One reason this is remarkable is that Christian philosophy of religion had nearly been vanquished in the decades between 1920 and 1960, due to the dominance in academic philosophy of the movement known as logical positivism.
This movement and its related “verification principle” insisted that only statements that were either true by definition (all bachelors are unmarried males) or empirically verifiable (helium is lighter than air) could be considered meaningful. This meant that theological beliefs like “God is love” or “Jesus is Lord” (which couldn’t be empirically verified) were literally without meaning—something akin to Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky.” Thus philosophical work on religious topics was marginalized and unable to gain a hearing in journals, books, or academic conferences. (continue)