12 thoughts on “Before Constantine?

  1. Perhaps, one reason why you don’t find it is the difference in contexts that exists between now and yesteryear. Christianity was just being introduced to the world in the first century back then. Does that mean that no examples for involvement or no direct teaching for involvement tells us that being involved is against God’s Word? Weren’t the OT prophets involved?

    In addition, a great concern for the writers of the epistles was whether we were bringing honor to Christ and the Gospel. So how is Christ and the Gospel regarded by people when the Church is silent against corporate/group evil? And what about the change in political structures? Don’t democratic structures make all of us more responsible for the actions/inactions of our government?

    What I like about the 2K position is that, for the most part, it doesn’t seek a privileged position for Christianity in society. NeoCalvinists need to learn from that. But in an effort to avoid that privileged position, it has also silenced the Church’s prophetic call and that doesn’t bring honor to the Gospel. And this idea that explicit statements/examples from the NT must be the only basis justifying fulfilling that prophetic call is nothing more than expanding the Regulative principle to all of life and that is regardless of the contextual differences between now and then.

    I really like what Martin Luther King Jr said in speaking against the Vietnam War:

    The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just

    If we use a madlib in place of the word ‘Western,’ we would see that we will either choose humility by learning to or learning from others or we will choose arrogance by claiming only our theological/political/and whatever else camp has something to teach.


  2. Today Chicago Catholics appear to be bypassing mass celebrations to go out and block traffic. Yeah, nothing signifies the rule of Christ like inconveniencing innocent people who simply happen to be in the road. The de facto mouthpiece of the Catholic Church in Chicago, Fr. Michael Pfleger, was on the news this morning to announce it.


  3. And speaking of fancy-pants exegesis…

    Even if such exegesis would not compel the syncretistic approach to politics advocated by the Kuyperians. Rather, it would a lot more like that historically advocated by the Scottish Covenanters.


  4. Bobby,

    On Twitter this morning:

    Chicago Sun-Times retweeted
    Brian Slodysko ‏@BrianSlodysko 3m3 minutes ago
    Father Pfleger is interrupting mass to shut down 79th and Racine.

    In the Peace of Che Guevara, of course.


  5. @Erik

    I’m awfully fond of Fr. Pleger. He’s all the glories of the Romish folly embodied in one man. If you want to know what the logical conclusion of RCC theology is, look no further than Fr. Pfleger.


  6. Erik, I call the DG vs The Catholic a Calvinist twitter civil war, except of course it’s not a civil war because BC indeed left us, as did Jason. Jason’s a fan of these kind of bru ha ha’s, his Steinbeck blog and drunk one make it clear. Enough from my fingers, fellow accountant. Enjoy twitter, yo.


  7. Give ’em time. They’ll be out blocking traffic soon, once they realize that the Catholic church they joined disappeared from the globe about 700 years ago.


  8. once they realize that the Catholic church they joined disappeared from the globe about 700 years ago.

    good riff, B.


  9. Cosmic Social Gospel:

    The season of Advent is meant to be a time when Christians remember the birth of Jesus Christ, when God became human, born on the margins of society. To the poor shepherds, the angelic host proclaimed “peace, goodwill among people” (Luke 2:14), which refers to a shalom that is not merely the absence of conflict, but rather a just and lasting peace, wherein people are reconciled with one another, with God, and indeed with all creation. But this Advent, hope for a just peace must face the flagrant failures of a nation still bound by sin, our bondage to and complicity in racial injustice.

    ​The killings of Black men, women and children – including but not limited to Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, John Crawford, 7 year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones and 12 year-old Tamir Rice – by White policemen, and the failures of the grand jury process to indict some of the police officers involved, brought to our attention not only problems in law enforcement today, but also deeper racial injustice in our nation, our communities, and even our churches.

    I wonder if Bryan will feel the unity — nay the solidarity — and sign the Statement of his fellow Roman Catholic theologians in the United States.


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