Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Interview on the Church and the Public Square Completed

Over at Letters from Mississippi, David Strain has posted the last installment of his four-part interview with Darryl Hart. Of particular interest to me is part of his answer to this question: How would you suggest 2K thinking should play out so as to avoid sounding like we are advocating a laissez faire attitude to real social ills?
Second, I do not see why J. Gresham Machen is not a good example of how individual believers can be involved in politics or society while still affirming the spirituality of the church and the enormity of the church’s burden to preach the good news. Machen was active in Democratic politics, wrote lots of letters to editors, joined political organizations, testified before Congress to oppose the Federal Department of Education. He was an active citizen, even while saying the church should not be engaged in politics. Here the distinction between the church’s calling as a corporate body versus the calling of individual Christians was key.
Also, his response to David's request for Darryl to ground the doctrine of the spirituality of the church from scripture is good. If the interviews get you thinking and you want more to chew on, you can find Darryl's book here. All four parts are helpful, you can find the first three installments here:

Part I
Part II
Part III

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