A recent article in Salon magazine views the ongoing decline in American religion “in part, as an inevitable result of the politicization of Christianity.” Where does the temptation to infuse church with political ideology come from? What does politicized religion hope to achieve and what are its consequences? Are there examples of politicization in the Bible? Is there a biblical alternative that can avoid politics and ideology without ignoring current events? Richard and Fr. Marc reflect on these questions as they discuss 1 Samuel. American Christians, take heed: the Lord is patient and ready to give you exactly what you want; so be careful what you ask for.
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