Constantine

Andrew wrote:

‘Beyond this problem, there is also the broader issue of church-state relations. The more a Christian group takes a “Constantinian” approach, believing that they have a mandate to Chrsitianize the state, the more they will see liberal activists as “them”.’

This is not a new topic, but one where I’d like to see what CoG‘s authors (and readers) think. As for me, my tendency is to be extremely suspicious of laws passed in any attempt to “Christianize” the state. This is not to say that Christians should not have a role in politics or that the church is somehow malevolent when it tries to influence the state. Rather, what I prefer is when a Christian group can make an appeal not solely to religion, but also to reason, common sense or research. In other words, things that can be scrutinized by everyone alike.

Since the New Testament makes no statements whatsoever concerning what types of government ought to be set up, every attempt to pass a law in the name of Christianity has to be considered the result of a fair degree of interpretation and even outright speculation.

But that’s just what I think…