October 27, 2004
Two Kingdoms roundup

Not surprisingly, a lot of the Christian blogosphere is pondering the relation between faith and politics. For those missing my Yoder blogging, Lee has a good analysis of Yoder's thought along with some pertinent questions. Meanwhile the Internet Monk has an insightful essay about political mythology and how it competes with the Christian mythos; Keith excerpts Karl Barth on the subject (who sounds a lot like Yoder, actually); and Telford explains why he's dropping his Republican identity, even though he's (unethusiastically) still voting for Bush. Telford also includes a link to this frightening thing, which I don't think you have to be a Yoderite to have a problem with.

Posted by Camassia at October 27, 2004 09:48 AM | TrackBack

Rather, Yoder sounds like Barth, since Yoder studied under Barth at the University of Basel.

Meanwhile, The Journeying Geek over at starstrangled blog is about to open up a can of Hauerwasian whup ass on himself.

Posted by: Jennifer on October 27, 2004 10:15 AM

In his study of Yoder ("The Politics of the Cross") Craig Carter spends a lot of time on Barth's influence on Yoder, if I recall correctly.

Posted by: Lee on October 27, 2004 11:15 AM

With all due respect to Telford's position, it seems to me that there is nothing fundamentally (or morally) wrong with the Republican Party that purging the Bush contingent wouldn't go a long way toward correcting. My personal views do not jibe with mainstream Republican ideology, but, hopefully, Bush's do not either.

Posted by: Robf on October 28, 2004 06:15 AM

I like especially this: "For Yoder, the Church is a "public" in its own right. It is the firstfruits of the new creation and shows what the whole world is destined to become." While I do see value in being involved in politics, I don't believe that addressing certain problems outside of politics altogether, through the church, is the same as taking them private.

I guess I can also thank the Internet Monk for making me feel less guilty about my occasional cynicism about politics :-).

Posted by: Lynn Gazis-Sax on October 30, 2004 10:59 AM
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