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Am I A Conservative?

Image By Alan JacobsMay 31, 2013, 7:55 AM Am I a conservative? Heck if I know. All I know for sure is that the good people here at The American Conservative are interested enough in what I have to say to give me a platform on which to say it. For which I am genuinely grateful.

I am not and never have been a Republican. I feel roughly as alienated from that party as I do from the Democratic Party. I hold a number of political views that strong-minded Republicans typically find appalling: I think racism is one of the greatest problems in American society today; I am not convinced that austerity programs are helpful in addressing our economic condition; I am absolutely convinced that what many Republicans call free-market capitalism is in fact crony capitalism, calculated to favor the extremely wealthy and immensely powerful multinational corporations; I think that for all o…

Karl Barth's theological method: some analytic notes and queries

Project versus Presence: Leading Our Churches into Engaging the Neighborhood

Jesus: Fully and Truly Human, Fully and Truly Divine

Orthodox christology has insisted on both the full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ.In practice, however, the emphasis has fallen on the “fully divine.”Jesus’ humanity has usually been used to anchor his story in first century a.d. Palestine and to highlight his solidarity with us viz-a-viz his human energies and emotions.Liberal christologies did more justice to his humanity and its normative or at least insistently exemplary character.Unfortunately, it did so at the cost of rendering the “fully God” side of the statement opaque or non-existent.I want to suggest that if we take both the Orthodox and liberal views seriously we can fashion a more adequate and fully Orthodox christology.
The orthodox insistence on the full humanity and deity of Jesus Christ is, in my judgment, well-founded though often its execution leaves something to be desired.Liberal christologies contribute that “to be desired” element by raising the human Jesus sans or with a heavily qualified deity to normative …