The Multi-sided Public Square

Truth and mercy have met together. Justice and peace have kissed. (Psalm 85:10) “Christians frequently differ on important issues, and it is a mark of spiritual maturity if they handle those differences creatively rather than engage in damaging verbal warfare.”1...

Can we have a civil society, please?

(Note: This article first appeared on www.eamonnmallie.com on 2 Dec 2012, and is distributed with the author’s permission) Is it just me, or is there anyone else out there getting more and more dispirited about the quality of public discourse? Arguments on an ad...

The Redundant Church?

The church’s services as chaplain to this democracy are no longer required. You’ve been given your P45; your severance pay is in the mail. This is roughly what Walter Brueggemann said to a Presbyterian audience in America.* It is perhaps how the church in...

Something is better than nothing …

For many years, I taught in the American Studies Program on Capitol Hill, an interdisciplinary semester of study focused on nurturing in undergraduates the vision and virtues required to take up vocations in the public square. Formed by a deeply wrought understanding...