This week’s Mere Fidelity podcast is on the subject of politics. Matt Lee Anderson, Derek Rishmawy, and I discuss whether politics is too central in evangelical thought. Have we lost sight of a ‘public’ beyond the political?
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I just listened to your podcast and I found it interesting and thoughtful, as always, but I find it difficult to think about US politics at all, and when I try, I often end up feeling as if I have sunk into a quicksand, or been caught up in a whirlwind. One of my main difficulties is that in the UK we vote for a local candidate, and we are not asked to choose between a selection of ‘Prime Minister Nominees’! I look at the US presidential nominees in both parties and I can’t think of one I would like to vote for…sometimes I think I’d prefer to have Forrest Gump 🙂
I really don’t know much about US evangelicals-and-politics, but as a member of the UK electorate I like to find out enough about politics to enable me to place an informed and considered vote. Most of the Christians I know have some interest in politics for this reason, and we do discuss it, but at local level the discussions are within the context of our local community, and the conversations are more like ‘friendly’ sports events… unlike the ‘verbal fisticuffs’ we often see on Twitter. So much of what you said resonated with me, Alastair… and Derek and Matt have my full sympathy (I’m thankful that I won’t be spending 2016 in the US!)
Yes, UK politics is rather different from the American variety. I too am thankful that I am not in the US right now.