Welcoming the Stranger: A Final Immigration Response

My final response in the Theopolis conversation on immigration has just been published here.

We beware of treating the condition of the uprooted immigrant as paradigmatic. As Christians, who are committed to the universal value of Christ, we can easily succumb to the distorted universalisms of the modern world, a universalism that resists the humility of particularity. Gottfried Leibniz expressed the modern liberal ideal of the universal human subject: “I am indifferent to that which constitutes a German or a Frenchman because I will only the good of all mankind.”

Read the whole piece here.

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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4 Responses to Welcoming the Stranger: A Final Immigration Response

  1. Geoff Smith says:

    That is thoughtful and helpful enough that I’ll reread it. Thank you!

  2. Thank you for articulating all this stuff. My response to this and to the previous immigration post was “you took the words right out of my mouth!”

    Of course, my words would not have been as articulate as yours. Nevertheless, these two articles capture all the things I would have liked to say during the many, many conversations in which fellow Christians use the “we have to welcome the stranger” argument and fail to make distinctions about the responsibilities of individual Christians, local churches, and national policy.

    Some people will imply that it is wrong to feel a sense of belonging to any group whatsoever because that necessarily involves excluding non group members. It’s almost to the point where I hesitate to use pronouns like “we” and “they.”

  3. Alice Zents says:

    The two posts on this subject were very, very helpful to me – and to others. Thank you for your work.

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