Do I want a Christian culture? (pt. II)

On the one hand, being Christian can’t be separated from working towards a Christian culture. Christians are called to save all, and there is no reality to culture above and beyond all persons.

On the other hand, if I all there was to getting a Christian culture was pulling a switch, what would I do? Leave the benefits to the side for the moment and consider everything else. The taboos by which culture protects its ideals suddenly make atheists, skeptics, and Jews something analogous to racists and homophobes (though I’m conflicted over who gets the worse deal: racists in our culture or atheists in Christian culture.) The churches would be packed with massive amounts of people who were there out of social pressure. If “Christian culture” is to have any statutory power then civil authorities would have to start making laws and issuing rulings over what was Christian and what wasn’t (even if only at the edges). Civil and Ecclesiastical authority would thus start mingling together, such that there would be a tendency for those seeking power in one to seek power in the other.

One problem, of course, is that “Christian culture” can mean any number of things, from the Franks under Clovis to the French under the Capetians, and from Rhode Island under Rodger Williams to Geneva under John Calvin. Is there one that is possible or one that I want? If working for one is simply part of being Christian, which one should I be working for?

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