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
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.
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.
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.
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 :-).
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