18 March 2005

The Christian left

On the face of it, Giles Fraser and William Whyte would appear to be Britain's answer to America's Jim Wallis, as evidenced here: "Don't hand religion to the right: The secular left must stop sniping and realise it has Christian allies." Yet even the subtitle of this opinion piece tells a different story. Although there are certainly flaws in Wallis' "seamless garment" approach, I do believe he is genuinely concerned with the integrity of the church's witness in the larger society. By contrast, Fraser and Whyte seem more motivated to ally the christian and secular lefts against the real villain, the christian right. The gospel would thus become harnessed to an obviously ideological agenda and any distinctive christian witness would be eclipsed. No thanks.

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