17.10.08

Where's Your Wall Between Church and State?

Were do you stand (or think you stand) on the separation of Church and State? What depth of political involvement do you believe churches should engage in? What kind of political Christian are you, really?

ChristianityToday.com and BuildingChurchLeaders.com have assembled a 2-part survey with analysis by Amy E. Black. You might find some answers here. (Or, like most simple surveys you might find nothing but an oversimplification. I'll leave it up to you to decide.)

10 comments:

  1. Jordan, I'm always amazed at the photos you come up with. I know most towns have an intersection of Wall Street and Main Street, but a Church and State, that's great. I wonder what part of town it's in. Near government buildings? By a mega church? Or maybe it's the corner where the "working girls" are at night? Anyway, what a great photo!

    By the way, I was a 26 and a 29 which landed me close to the middle.

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  2. I scored a 28 and still waiting for my second score. It looks like CT's site went down. :(

    I'll have to try again later... but my first part signified that I "believe the church ought to be Politically Disengaged." That's pretty consistent with what I thought I would score. I'll check in later to add my second score.

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  3. Ok, got through the second part. So I am a 28 - 24, which has me in the Quiet Critic quadrant, but along the Prophet side of the axis. Based on the recommended books, I think it fits me fairly well, especially since I really like Greg Boyd and The Myth of A Christian Nation.

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  4. I was a quiet critic too, which seemed about right. Although there was a time when I was a loud critic. I'm not sure if that's an option on the quadrant.

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  5. Google images, Bryan. Google images.

    I scored 26 and 20. Politically disengaged and Prophet. I'm also a Quiet Critic.

    However, I should point out that this is what I ideally believed...the human part of me is still very interested in politics.

    I hope this poll goes a long way in explaining the fundamental differences between many Christians. One of the problems with our dialogue of late has been deeply rooted in theological beliefs, and we often assume others share those same roots.

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  6. I am a 38 and 14. I plot out at a Radical Reformer, which seems strange to type out loud. I don't see myself that way.

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  7. Wait, John, wasn't there a Letter from the Editor last year about wondering if you got arrested during a protest? I think I had you pegged all along. Oh wait, but you like Rich Mullins, so there are "Quiet Critic" points for you. Ok, so what it really means is that I don't know you very well at all - which is true. :)

    Jordan, I think you hit the nail on the head as to how the poll was formed. I answered a lot of questions as "I would do that, but I don't want the church (as an organization) doing that."

    But I also hope this assists in showing the diversity of Christian thought. Gosh - 10-15 years ago I thought that would be at best an oxymoron and at worst heretical.

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  8. Yes! We need an oxymoron/heretical matrix. Maybe the vertical value could measure the, "what I'll do but no way should the church do" level.

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  9. I scored a 36 & 18, placing me in the camp of "Radical Reformer" with John, and like John, I don't see myself in that mode at all, but I guess that the shoe does fit. I've protested before, regularly contribute to the Pacifica station in Houston, and maintain membership in a few "liberal" organizations. But I don't do this in order to "radically reform" the nation. I do it because I want to be like Jesus, because I love Jesus, and because I want to live according to his example in the Gospel. If that makes me a "radical reformer," then I guess I'm going to start making myself a soapbox to carry around to various street corners!

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  10. i finally took the test, and i ended up quiet critic too. i would say i'm probably somewhere between quiet critic and radical reformer... i own two or three of the radical reformer recommended reading, and nothing from any of the other lists.

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