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 addresses the whole man—our minds, but also our passions, imaginations, loves, and desires. Christians who attempt to apply the Bible to political life, for example, often focus so completely on discovering ethical standards that they ignore the significance of Scripture's rhetoric.
The Bible has done its proper work when it produces a certain kind of person. Scripture's target is not primarily ideas or worldviews. Scripture aims to shape people. And people moulded by the Word of God not only bring that Word to the city of man. In union with the eternal Word, they are the Word of God in the city of man.
—Peter Leithart, Guest Editor
21 Articles In this Issue
Contributors to this Issue
Professor Emeritus of Religion and Theology/Classical Languages at Redeemer University College.
The Most Rev. Dr. Benjamin Argak Kwashi is Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jos in the Church of Nigeria.
Professor Emeritus in Philosophical Aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto.
Director of Cultural and Theological Practice at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at The King's College and a Visiting Professor at Covenant Theological Seminary.
Associate Professor of Philosophy at Geneva College. This year she received the College's Excellence in Scholarship award.
James R. Payton, Jr.
James R. Payton, Jr., is Professor of History at Redeemer University College; teaches and lectures worldwide; and authored several books.
Jean Vanier, Ph.D., is a philosopher, writer, religious and moral leader, and the founder of L'Arche and of Faith & Light.
Teaches New Testament and its Jewish and Roman contexts at Wheaton College in Illinois.
Painter drawing on ancient Japanese and recent New York City traditions.
Author of Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and several other fiction and non-fiction works.
Matthew Lee Anderson
Pursuing an D.Phil. in Christian Ethics at Oxford university. He authored Earthen Vessels.
Professor of Political Science at Gordon College, in Wenham, Massachusetts.
Paul S. Rowe
Associate Professor of Political and International Studies at Trinity Western University.
President of the Theopolis Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, and an adjunct senior fellow at New St Andrews College.
Raymond J. de Souza
Father Raymond J. de Souza is the Editor-in-Chief of Convivium, chaplain at Newman House (the Roman Catholic centre at Queen's University),
Has served as Professor of Christian Philosophy, since 1985, and President, from 1993 to 2013, of Fuller Theological Seminary.
Senior Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University where he also serves on the board of Chesterton House Christian study center.
If you want to be able to read articles on the
Comment website in addition to the iPad app, you must remember this one extra step.
When subscribing through iTunes, choose
OPT-IN to share your email address with us, so that we can create an online account for you here. Please allow 2-4 weeks for online account setup.
Please be patient while we complete the request. This request typically takes a few seconds.
Welcome to the new Comment site!
We’re building the ship as we’re sailing it. We welcome any and all feedback — please contact managing editor Dan Postma at