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Fall 2012 | Volume 30, Issue 2

The Word of God and the City of Man

The Bible is not a compendium of doctrines, ideas, or rules. Scripture teaches, but teaches through stories, poetry, exhortation, visions, letters. It's done its proper work when it produces a certain kind of person—someone moulded by the Word of God who not only brings the Word to the city of man, but in union with the eternal Word is the Word of God in the city of man.

21 Articles In this Issue
01
Collect for the Second Sunday of Advent  

Book of Common Prayer

02
Editorial: The Word of God and the City of Man by Peter Leithart

The Bible has done its proper work when it produces a certain kind of person.

08
Politics Without Scripts by Paul Brink

A vision of politics in which Christianity and liberalism have both been disestablished.

12
Revisiting Sola Scriptura by James R. Payton, Jr.

The Reformers' understanding of Sola Scriptura is forthrightly opposed to what many have come to take as its meaning.

18
Zechariah in Public by Al Wolters

The city of man is meant to become the city of God—arranging its civic affairs in a manner which deserves the epithet HOLY TO THE LORD.

23
The Bible and Cultural Discipleship by Richard Mouw

Fallen, but created: this world is not unsalvageable.

30
The Book of Books: What Literature Owes the Bible by Marilynne Robinson

Literature puts flesh on Scripture and doctrine, and tests them by means of dramatic imagination.

34
They Who Have Ears to Hear, Let Them See? by Daniel Siedell

Considering aspects of modern art that have been despised by most theologians and Christian art writers.

42
Scripture is Not Our Dog by Dru Johnson

Unless we heedfully consider both the Scripture's content and form, we run the risk of making God's revelation into a pet: loved but powerless.

50
What Made Dagon Bow? by J. Mark Bertrand

While the Israelite army was defeated in battle, their God with no army brought the enemy to its knees.

56
Towards Transformational Reading of Scripture by Jean Vanier

We must gradually live as Jesus lived, love as he loved, and choose to become little and humble as Jesus was.

62
"Render Unto Caesar": The Christian's Call to Action or Retreat? by Lynn Cohick

How did Jesus's words and actions about the kingdom of God define and shape the apostolic response to the Roman empire?

70
The Blessedness of Faith: Why Politics Needs Religion by Raymond J. de Souza

If religion and religious behaviours are driven to the margins of our common life, including our political life, we deprive ourselves of intellectual and practical energies.

77
Why Illumine? by Makoto Fujimura

Do images detract from experiencing the word of God?

82
Anchors Aweigh! The Neglected Art of Theological Interpretation by Matthew Milliner

The nature of visual art sometimes permits it to do a better job of spiritually interpreting the Bible than can text.

92
God and American Foreign Relations: Guarding the "Little Platoons" by Paul S. Rowe

Ensuring faith is lived out by the American people, not consigned to presidential theocracy.

98
Here is the Privilege, and Here is the Cost by Benjamin Kwashi

Wherever the Gospel is truly lived, it demands change in behaviour, courtesy, and character.

105
Reading the Bible . . . and Longing to Know by Esther Meek

The Bible is a doorway to a person, an invitation waiting to be sent. When we read it obediently and expectantly, like an actor, we find gracious and surprising self-disclosure.

112
Can There Be an Evangelical Political Theology? by Matthew Lee Anderson

The church's life together is the soil from which political theology springs.

118
What is Old and What is New by Ryan O'Dowd

How and why the Old Testament matters for public life today.

124
Reading the Bible Like a Grown-Up Child by Calvin Seerveld

Reading the Bible's not easy. You must do it believing expectantly, on your knees.



Contributors to this Issue