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Episode Summary

Miroslav Volf and David French discuss the politically and culturally polarized America, religion, forgiveness, and how ideas about the human person affect the divide.

Episode Notes

In this conversation, Miroslav Volf and David French discuss the politically and culturally polarized America; the resurgence of cultural struggle, if not outright culture war; seeing fundamentalist political religion on both the right and the left; forgiveness versus cancellation and how our view of human persons affects that public conversation; personal morality and social justice; and finally how political theology can make a difference now, the rest of this year (and it’s been a year), and the future of American life.

Show Notes

  • David French, Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation
  • Public faith in America’s current moment
  • “The exhausted majority”
  • Faith provides hope and pain
  • Instrumentalisation of faith
  • Americans are beginning to live “separate” lives
  • Embracing pluralism
  • Warning signs of culture war
  • Fundamentalism tied to the culture struggle
  • A gap in Christian instruction in how to interact with politics
  • Internal virtues have significant political implications
  • Christian faith and nationalism depend on each other
  • Post-religious activism
  • Confession of error as a sign of person growth
  • The fear and anger cycle which alienates the church
  • What kind of life does God have in minds for us?
  • When allegiance is first to Jesus, our care for justice, mercy, and humility fall into alignment

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