>To get my feet wet, I am going to be a little bit of a wuss and link to an article. The article is from Right Reason and they often write excellent pieces. This piece appears to be just the beginning of a series. It is pretty good and should generate some good discussion. Let me know what you think about it.
Christian Political Participation
by Jeremy Pierce 7/31/2007
Having presented the Augustinian background to my approach to Christian political interaction, I want to move now to an application of Augustine’s principles to contemporary American politics. I should say that I write as an evangelical, with particular views on what Christianity amounts to and what the church is. But these are views that I believe I share with Augustine, and thus those who are not evangelical may well agree with me on enough of them to arrive at similar conclusions.
I want to keep two kinds of questions separate. First, there are Christian motivations for certain views on how Christians should seek interact politically with the rest of society. Second, there are political reasons that might appeal to people who are not Christians regarding how much role religion should play in political decision-making. I want to focus on the first question in this post. For now I’m ignoring questions about what Christians (or members of any religious group) have a right to do politically, to what extent it is legitimate politically, morally, legally, constitutionally, etc. In other words, I’m leaving aside what sort of role religion should have in the public sphere as a general question that people of different faiths and people of no faith could all agree upon. I’m simply considering what a Christian should be motivated to think about these issues…(Click here to read the rest of the article in its entirety)
The rest of the posts in Right Reason’s “Christianity and Politics” series can be found here. Also, you might be interested in reading the next post in the series titled Religious Motivations in Politics.