With contemporary politics in the gutter, how can Christians dignify the enterprise?
How Peter Martyr Vermigli can help navigate necessity and competing laws.
“Protestants and American Conservatism” provides useful history, but a more charitable and accurate assessment is needed to develop a contemporary Protestant political theology
Aristotle described politics as involving art or craft (techne). It, too, required skill. It, too, could produce excellent, even wondrous edifices: regimes. Once upon a time, the Reformed tradition saw politics in the same manner. Althusius, for example, spoke of “the art of governing.” Joseph Caryl, a Westminster Divine, described rulers as engaging in an “art” or a “craft.” These thinkers, moreover, developed this artistry, doing so consciously within a Reformed framework.