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    Plough Quarterly No. 24: Faith and Politics

    Spring 2020


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    From the Editor

    Pick the Right Politics Caesar will remain Caesar, doing some good and some bad. But we report to a different king. Editor’s Postscript: Notes from the Lockdown It’s astounding just how much has changed in the four weeks since we sent this issue of Plough to press.


    The Anabaptist Vision of Politics What have we learned from five hundred years of Anabaptist understandings of church and state? The Bruderhof and the State We are citizens of the state, but are part of a stateless church, not bound to any country. Reading Romans 13 Under Fascism The state is God’s order for hell. But Christians belong to an order of absolute love. Holding Our Own Is the future of Islam in the West communal? Living with Strangers The isolation built into mainstream American life is bad for the soul. Tolstoy’s Case Against Humane War “Get rid of falsehood and let war be war and not a game.” The Martyr in Street Clothes An icon reveals the hidden power of a friendship beyond boundaries.


    What Are Prophets For The prophet is a man who feels fiercely. A Letter to the Emperor Milan, AD 390: In response to a massacre instigated by emperor Theodosius I, the bishop of the city urges him to repent. Jakob Hutter So we now find ourselves out in the wilderness, on a desolate heath under the open sky. Saint Patrick And so now you, Coroticus and your gangsters, rebels all against Christ, now where do you see yourselves? Oscar Romero No soldier is obliged to obey an order against the law of God. The Woman Who Carried Me We choose to thrive. To live. To love. To forgive.

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    About this issue

    This issue starts with a provocation. In his opening letter, editor Peter Mommsen suggests Christians are too excited about the wrong politics: “Questions of public justice should matter deeply to Christians. We dare not be indifferent about securing healthcare for all and ending interventionist wars; we must seek to reduce abortions and strengthen families. When an election comes, we should pray and then, perhaps, lend our support to a candidate we judge may, on balance, advance social righteousness. But if the early Christians and the Anabaptists are right, this isn’t the politics that matters most. And so, as a matter of faithfulness, we should question how much it deserves of our passion and time. Our allegiance belongs elsewhere.”

    In contrast to an election campaign, this politics may feel grittier and less glamorous. This issue of Plough Quarterly explores what this alternate vision of faithful Christian witness in the political sphere might look like.