Saturday, January 06, 2007

Thoughts on Faith and Politics from N.T. Wright

Wright is one of the most eminent of contemporary Christian theologians. Tod Bolsinger quotes him (and Andrew Jackson links):
Our Western culture since the 8th century has made a virtue of separating out religion from politics. When I lecture about this, people will pop up and say, “Surely Jesus said my kingdom is not of this world.” And the answer is no, what Jesus said in John 18 is, “My kingdom is not FROM this world.” That’s “Ek tou kosmou toutou.” It’s quite clear in the text that Jesus’ kingdom doesn’t start with this world. It isn’t a worldly kingdom, but it is for this world. It’s from somewhere else, but it’s for this world.

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