The quest for ideological purity is badly disrupting our common life, in part because it is feeding our rapidly accelerating trend toward polarization. The demand is now not simply general support of a party platform, perhaps with some qualms, but total and pristine ideology—and that goes for both the Right and the Left. This is an especially difficult state of affairs for Christians who find themselves in a bind as they try to engage thoughtfully in the public square and to vote in ways consistent with the values of their faith.
How should Christians think about partisan politics?
What is the common good, and what does it have to do with voting?
What does incremental improvement and compromise look like today?
Recent election cycles have left many Christians feeling discouraged, disillusioned, and dejected. America’s two-party system has left many believers feeling politically homeless when casting a vote feels like compromising values. Tweet storms and partisan bickering have replaced constructive dialogue and keep us from asking deeper questions about what it means to be citizens and followers of Jesus Christ.
In Politics at Twilight: Faithful Political Engagement in an Age of Ideology, Dr. Ryan Tafilowski, theologian-in-residence at Denver Institute for Faith & Work, explains how we’ve arrived at our current political climate, and challenges readers to examine our identity in light of our faith, rather than our political ideologies.
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This post was published September 8, 2020
Ryan serves as theologian-in-residence for Denver Institute for Faith & Work, where he writes and teaches on the integration of faith and work. Alongside his work with Denver Institute, Ryan is an instructor in the Division of Christian Thought at Denver Seminary, where he teaches theology and the history of Christianity, and associate pastor at Foothills Fellowship Church in Littleton. He holds a Th.M. in ecclesiastical history and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Edinburgh. He has published in the areas of inter-religious dialogue, historical theology, and Christian ethics. Ryan lives with his wife, Adrienne, and their daughter in Lakewood. Most importantly, Ryan is a diehard fan of the Denver Nuggets—and he liked them even when they were terrible.