What does religious freedom have to do with the social safety net—those partnerships between government and civil society institutions that serve our vulnerable neighbors?
Officials across the country report an increase of non-citizen youth in the juvenile justice system, presenting the juvenile justice system with several challenges that it is currently not equipped to handle. If we are to love and stand in solidarity with our neighbor, we must seek public justice on the behalf of those who urgently need it — even if they are not American citizens.
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?