Over the years, CPJ has responded to the changes in understanding of religious freedom in the United States by being a key actor in engaging groups across difference around a number of issues and promoting both individual and institutional rights and responsibilities.
Christian views of political life have been shaped in a variety of ways over time, with differing understandings of the role and responsibilities of government and of how Christians citizens ought to exercise their earthly citizenship. In this article, William Edgar considers these currents in the context of thinkers such as Augustine, Aquinas, Locke, and others, and outlines the theological and philosophical context for CPJ’s distinctive approach to political life.
The current political climate is not something that has sprung up unexpectedly; rather, it is laying bare already existing fears, tensions, and confusion about the prospects for our common life in the United States and beyond. What is a disciple of Christ to do in this climate of division, fear, cynicism, and confusion?