Saturday, September 25, 2004
Here's an interesting election-year option for Christians: Abstain. Orthodox priest John Harvey writes in his September 10 Commonweal column that he won't be voting for George W. Bush — or John Kerry! Evangelical historian Mark Noll writes in the September 14 Christian Century that he too won't be voting for either candidate.
Harvey's essay isn't on-line — which is a pity, because it takes up the complex issue of what Christians who oppose abortion comprehensively should do when they also oppose President Bush's manifestly unjust economic policies and immoral conduct of the war in Iraq. He says he won't mourn a Bush defeat, but won't celebrate a Kerry victory, either.
Noll's essay is even more interesting because he identifies a series of key political commitments that he believes arise from his gospel commitments. (He doesn't believe they depend on Christian theology for their rational appeal, however, which makes them available to scrutiny by non-Christian voters.) His political commmitments cut against the grain of both parties, although — church-going Democrat that I am — I can't help but think that the New Democrats come out ahead overall. Noll's essay should be on-line next week — update 9.27.04: on-line now! — when it will be very interesting to compare to some of the other Christian political statements released this year. (I'm thinking especially of the lists released by the National Council of Churches and Sojourners, but there's a very long list of religious voters' guides at Harvard's Pluralism Project Web site.)
Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 25 September 2004 at 9:50 PM
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