Part 1: Christianity as Civil Society’s Adornment

Tuesday, 01 May 2018

There is nothing inconsistent with uniquely Christian features in part fulfilling the formal command of nature to constitute social belonging through the transformation of the accidental features of civil society.
Debates between neo-Calvinists and Reformed two-kingdom advocates have revealed a seemingly irreconcilable divide on the Christian’s relationship to culture and politics. Many neo-Calvinists see the gospel as inaugurating a social and political project, one that was recovered alongside the truths of soteriology at the Reformation. Nicholas Wolterstorff, a neo-Calvinist philosopher, has argued that “the responsibility of the saints to struggle for the reform of the social order in which they find themselves is one facet of the discipleship to which their Lord Jesus Christ has called them. It is not an addition to their religion; it is there ...

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