The Christian Civics Blog

Loving God with all our mind, when what’s on our mind is politics and public life.

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An Introduction to Interpreting the Constitution

Supreme Court nominations are frequently a highly partisan affair, but the bulk of the day-to-day work of the Court is not. Writers often talk as if major court decisions follow directly from the presumed political preferences of the justices, but actual Supreme Court justices focus their attention on very different questions.

When Law and Faith Conflict…

I was recently reading to my daughter from her children’s Bible the story of Naaman from 2 Kings 5. Naaman is a general for an …

Why We Hate to Love the Church

One of the central messages of this website is that the gospel does not conform to the political templates offered to us–even the political templates …

Frailty, Embodiment and the Politics of Immortality

My body recently gave up on me. Living and working in Washington, DC, means learning to survive in an environment where it seems that everyone …

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Surveyed

When We Surveyed the Wondrous Cross…

“…have we, as people of the cross, allowed ourselves to become people of the empire?”   Last summer I had an interesting meeting over coffee. …

Philips+First

How We Talk When We Talk About Politics

My dad and I don’t argue like we used to. Allow me to deconstruct that: My dad and I argue, but how we do it …

Flee

Flee Like the Essenes or Fight Like the Zealots?

I work with Christian college juniors and seniors who come to Washington, DC., for internships as they begin thinking about the transition from campus to career. …

Community

The One Community Where Fear-Mongering Shouldn’t Work

Fear is a powerful tool in political communications. If you can trigger the amygdala into a fear response and the listener doesn’t have some kind …

Conservative

My Conservative Idolatry

My journey into the intersection of faith and politics began in Texas. I would describe Texas as a conservative and religious state (although I would …

Stained Glass

Praying for Politicians (Without Calling Down Scorn)

“The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.” Proverbs 15:8 History reveals that prayer and politics have …