Items included for this subject area come from a variety of sources. The perspectives conveyed may or may not express a Lutheran ethos. They can serve our instruction as discussion-starters, examples (positive and negative), and illustrations of intersections between God’s two kingdoms, intersections sometimes characterized by tension, sometimes by congruence. Inclusion does not imply endorsement.

"Open Book" by R. Marxhausen: the Bible, the book open to us all

Christianity as an Historical Yet Weird Event

Keep Christianity Weird: This review of Destroyer of the Gods by Larry Hurtado (Baylor, 2016), 304 pages, notes that book reminds us how weird Christianity was to the Roman world. Christianity’s sheer familiarity has desensitized us to its radical claims. Hurtado aims to show how the “odd” became “commonplace,” by surveying the first three centuries of the Jesus […]

Wholly Citizens: Bierman on the Two Kingdoms

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Wholly Citizens: God’s Two Realms and Christian Engagement With the World — Luther’s framework of the two realms is often misunderstood and misrepresented.  Bierman wisely begins his work not with Rom. 13 but with Luther’s provocative treatment of Ps. 82. He examines Luther’s later interpreters–some accurate, others not so much–and how the two kingdoms doctrine has […]

Rethinking Civil Religion

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Comment, Summer 2017: This issue explores expressions of civil religion that deserve serious consideration because, as implausible as it might seem, civil religion is an irreplaceable moral source of civil society. In fact, reconsidering civil religion is necessary precisely because civil religion is inevitable. It’s not a question of whether we have a civil religion, but […]

Americans’ Priorities in Feelings, Desires, and Directions

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Americans Want to Avoid Shame, Make Their Loved Ones Proud: Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience, less about guilt and fear, and more about avoiding shame. Shame has become particularly powerful in American culture in the internet age: “What’s surprising is not that personal freedom, ambition, and doing the right thing are valued by […]

 

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