Review | Why the People of God Belong in the Public Square

Below is an excerpt from a review I wrote for TGC.

American society is, more than ever, seeking out a naked public square. Even while paying lip service to notions of rich diversity concerning our many faith traditions, the overriding message is clear: keep them to yourselves. The goal, it seems, is to create a culture in which everyone suppresses his or her most sincerely held beliefs in order to participate in public life from “neutral” ground.

Not only is this impossible, but, as Bruce Ashford and Chris Pappalardo contend, it’s completely undesirable.

Ashford (provost and professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina) and Pappalardo (lead researcher and writer at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina) wrote One Nation Under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics to demonstrate why Christians ought to engage in politics and public life.

The book offers a new vision for the politically disillusioned and a helpful corrective to those expecting political achievement to usher in the kingdom of God. While not a full-length treatise, One Nation Under God is an excellent primer for Christians concerning political engagement.

Read the entire piece here.