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Spring 2014 | Volume 32, Issue 1

Faithful Compromise

Daniel is the poster boy of refusal to compromise. Except, of course, when he did.

Daniel was faithful amidst compromise. His expectations were cut to the measure of exile.

So this issue of Comment undertakes an audacious goal: to redeem compromise. We want to recover a sense in which compromise can actually be faithful, a good, tangible expression of our commitment to shalom.

11 Articles In this Issue
Faithful Compromise by James K.A. Smith

The lost art of brokered effectiveness in our public life.

World View by James K.A. Smith

An annotated reading of your world, including liberals, Theos, and canine sacraments.


"In my university days, I used to think that ideas could be transferred to paper, read by someone else, and then—poof!—the idea would transform the world," says Work and Economics program director Brian Dijkema. "Looking back on this, I realize that's rubbish. Unless they have legs, ideas are lame. Ideas emerge from and alongside working communities. And in order to give ideas legs, those who work in the fleshand- blood realities of North American life need to bring them into conversation."

The Grey Area is Holy Ground by Marilyn McEntyre

The bottom line for great compromisers: "It's not that simple."

Why Not Rather Be Wronged? by Janet Epp Buckingham

Loving our enemies could have surprising results.

A Cord of Three Strands by Meg Jenista

We can't walk toward the good if we can't recognize it.

In Good Faith: Compromise in the Face of a Revolution by Han Dongfang, Brian Dijkema

The personal and public nature of compromise

In the Beginning Was . . . The Left and the Right by Eric Miller

What to do about the modern political divide?

Putting Love to Work by David Henreckson

Love is for practice, not pontificating.

Face to Face with the Wronged by Gideon Strauss

Confronting apartheid, changing perspectives

Consumption and Culture-Making by Brian Dijkema

Let's fight for balance and care in our fight against resource over-consumption.

Contributors to this Issue