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"Progressive Politics are a Natural Consequence of my Conservative Theology"

Excerpts from Texas blogger Res Publica. Really like this snarky, honest and heartfelt confession of faith in Jesus:

"It may surprise regular readers of my shrill, resentful rants to learn this, but I am a Christian. A very ordinary one, in fact. In spite of my various progressive-left social and political positions, I am not a theological liberal – none of the vague “Jesus was a wonderful moral teacher” stuff for me. Though I am an Episcopalian, Bishop Spong can keep all of his shiny “new Christianity for a new world” (which bears a striking resemblance to Unitarianism, except that our clergy have better compensation and retirement benefits; go figure). No, I’m the sort of crusty, unreconstructed Christian who can say phrases like “God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God, begotten, not made,” etc., without the slightest trace of PoMo ironic distance. I hold what used to be called a “high Christology”; I am a plain ol’ orthodox true believer in what I understand to be the faith once delivered to the Apostles by the Risen Christ.

Although my faith is no secret, it’s not something I make a brazen display of. There are a number of reasons for that. One of the biggest is that it prevents people from making a lot of stupid assumptions about me. The relationship between Christianity (let’s stop talking about “faith issues”, we all know exactly what we’re talking about) and the cultural-political realm is complex and heavily contested in this society.

If you stake out a position on any given issue, you’re expected to join camp on a variety of other issues. And there are configurations of positions out there that make no damned sense at all...

To my mind, my progressive politics are a natural consequence of my fairly conservative theology, not in spite of it. I have never understood the relationship between religious conservatives and the American Right, which holds a number of positions that are blatantly anti-Christian...

While it is a fact that a large majority of Americans are Christians, it is also true that the hardcore so-called “evangelical” kulturkamph types make up a minority. It may be a sizeable minority, but it’s a minority nonetheless, and the fact remains that most Americans are religious moderates who value the separation of church and state as much for the protection of the churches as for the protection of the state. Most Americans want their kids to spend their time in high school science classes preparing for college science classes.

Most importantly, most Americans understand on a visceral level that the liberal democracies of the western world lean toward secular governments for a reason; we value the lessons encapsulated in liberal polity, lessons learned in centuries of bloody wars of religion in Europe. We need not repeat those mistakes.

Although it would appear that some among us would like nothing better...Their politics are as unreasonable as their theology is unfounded...

Nothing could be further from my vision of America. Perhaps more to the point, nothing could be further from my experience of the Christian life. Jesus wasn’t looking to build a Christian nation; most American Christians aren’t either."
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7/13/2005 06:20:00 PM

Need info. on web sites of similar vein.    



7/14/2005 10:14:00 AM

Not exactly sure what you are looking for, but I think it would be places where Christians from theologicaly conservative backgrounds are open to and supportive of progressive political causes...

Well, two good resources include:
Evangelicals for Social Action, headed up by Ron Sider

and Sojourners, headed up by Jim Wallis...

Both hold strongly to orthodox historic Christian beliefs...Neither excludes more theologically liberal Christians from joining in, but that isn't where they are coming from.

You can find those links on the main page of TalkingDonkeys...

Tim    



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