Faithful Presence Revisited

Christianity Today posted James Davison Hunter’s response to Andy Crouch’s and Chuck Colson’s critiques of his book.  Hunter clarifies his position in contrast with Crouch’s and strongly critiques Colson’s understanding of the argument altogether.  Hunter writes:

Colson and I agree that, as he says, “disengagement” is an “abdication of responsibility.” But what I have sketched is the exact opposite of disengagement. When I argue that the Christian Right and Left are overly politicized and drenched in a culture of resentement, what I am saying is that their framework for public engagement is a distinctly late-modern form of Constantinianism. What Colson is saying implicitly when he equates faithful presence with quietism is that I am separatist and, thus, anti-Constantinian. Indeed the Anabaptists are, in fact, anti-Constantinian—their engagement is defined as the opposition to all forms of Constantinianism while being dependent on it for its self-understanding. It is for this reason that I criticize the neo-Anabaptists just as heavily as I criticize the other two dominant political theologies.

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Caleb Gallifant


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