Thinking Religion and Democracy in Dark Times -- Sightings (Corey D. B. Walker)
We live in age when the lines between the political and the theological are blurred. On all sides of issues, people are engaging the issues using religious/theological language. There is, of course, in such conversations a sense of ultimacy when theology is brought into the conversation. It is a question of which side God is on. And we all know which side God is on -- our side, of course. Corey Walker, the essayist for Sightings this week, points us to the debates in North Carolina between the religious right and the participants in Moral Mondays, an effort I might add led by a Disciple pastor, the Rev. William Barber, whose book Forward Together: A Moral Message for the Nation has just been released (review to be forthcoming). Corey Walker takes us into the thick of the debate in this brief, but dense essay, suggesting that perhaps “ours is the age of the theological organization of political hatreds.” I invite your thoughts in response -- how does faith engage the public square?