A few things to note:

Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner—authors of City of Man: Politics and Religion in a New Era—were on Morning Joe this morning. You can watch the six-minute segment below:

You can listen to—or read—Al Mohler’s interview with Pete Wehner.

Joe Carter and Matt Anderson talk with Trevin Wax about the mid-term elections, the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and other non-controversial topics.

I have not yet seen a copy of Carl Trueman’s Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative (it’s on its way), but I’ve learned two lessons about Trueman’s writings on contemporary issues: (1) I never agree with everything he says; (2) I always learn something or am provoked to think more deeply about the issue at hand.

Peter Lillback, a conservative’s conservative, writes of the book:

What we really have here is a lonely thinker who longs for the truth of a better city that he cannot find on either side of the Atlantic. He lampoons the cherished political idols that dominate our political landscape. I couldn’t suppress chortles of laughter, alongside shocks of disdain and disagreement, all the while admiring Trueman’s unmasking of the well-camouflaged foolishness on all points of the political spectrum. This historian-turned-pundit, with all the force of a prizefighter’s left jab and right hook, leaves the left, right, and center (or centre) reeling on the ropes. Therefore, I heartily recommend that you read this book, but you do so at your own peril. Its intensity, as well as its pointed, provocative, and persuasive prose, will force you to look at the Vanity Fair of politics from a pilgrim’s perspective. It’s just possible that you, too, will begin to yearn for a better city.

You can watch a lengthy discussion with Trueman about the book at the Reformed Forum, embedded below:

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5 thoughts on “Evangelicals and Politics”

  1. Chris Reese says:

    If anyone would like a preview of City of Man, I have the foreword (by Tim Keller) and the preface available to download on my blog at http://bit.ly/ax5ilL.

    Thanks,
    Chris Reese
    Moody Publishers

  2. When considering the Left vs Right, Democrat vs Republican dichotomy an important distinction needs to be made. Liberalism ought be viewed as a religious world view that stands in total antithesis to Christianity, thinking of Machen here. We need to ground Christian political thinking and action in the call we have to love another, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and this should lead to a rejection of a Liberal political and social agenda.

    Simply put: Why would Christians want to vote for those who hold their beliefs in utter contempt, want to ensure their status as bigots, homophobes, Islamophobes, non inclusive, close minded and intolerant? True, the GOP is horribly flawed but their agenda will not lead to the justification of Christians being punished for their beliefs unlike the Democrats implementing a Liberal agenda.

    Christians are called to love another and to support those who would seek to punish them for their views totally violates this. When was the last time some GOPer was calling for Christians to be re-educated in order to accept homosexuality?

  3. Stephen says:

    FYI Republocrat can be had for $5.99 at wtsbooks.com

  4. Jared O. says:

    Just to clarify, Todd, the liberalism that Machen wrote about was by and large a term that referred to a 19th c. German theological approach that sought to ‘recover’ Christianity by denying truths (the resurrection, for example) that they thought could not be held in light of modern day science. It didn’t have anything to do with American politics. A case may be made for a link between theological liberalism and political liberalism, but that case would depart from what Machen was referencing.

    1. Jared,

      I agree that Machen was concerned with the religious aspect of Liberalism. I think the case he made for it being a complete religious system has relevance for us since many professed “Liberal Christians” would deny central doctrine, or redefine it. I think a bridge can be made from what Machen was confronting to the Liberal social and political agenda by noting that such an agenda flows out from Liberal theology.

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