From Charles Taylor’s magisterial work, A Secular Age (p 105).
We can see the way Calvinist and Lutheran societies “kept things on the right track” in Luther’s Germany, Calvin’s Geneva and Puritan New England, among other places. But is this model workable in our post-Christendom age? And if not, does that necessitate even the Reformed faiths falling back into the Anabaptist social posture that Taylor here has them “firmly refusing”?
Theopolitical is an interstice of politics and theology. This blog seeks an extended conversation about what it means for the Church of God to be a pilgrim people, exiles scattered among the nations, in Tim Keller's words, a "counterculture that serves the common good."
The church is a counterculture to the degree it is faithful to Christ and sees its citizenship as belonging to heaven. As the church lives in prophetic expectation of the coming Kingdom of God, it will not be conformed to this world, but embody the world-loving otherness of Jesus.
And because we love God's world, we serve the common good. We pray for the peace of the empire. We contribute to the life of the city. We plant gardens to share with our neighbors.
So we ask the hard questions about life in the city. How do we serve the common good here, now? What kind of peace will we pray for? What kind of gardens will we plant? How can we bring others in on this conversation, and into the life of this city?