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The Contested Public Square by Greg Forster
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Oct 31, 2012

Read from March 28 to October 31, 2012

Book Opening: I’m opening this book with a political science graduate student here at FSU named Matt. Matt and I have talked about all sorts of different things in the past - from the Resurrection to the nature of evil to pornography to basic Christianity. He’s a great discussion partner to have for a book, and this is right up his alley - being about the development of the mixing of political and theological rhetoric.
The introduction to the book makes it seem like it’s going to be a little like drinking water from a firehose. The author, Greg Foster, even says that every page is about a decade’s worth of historical development of theology and politics. He also makes a big deal about the concept of natural vs. revealed law, and it will be interesting to see where he takes that.

Should be fun….it will also take me a while to read this because we normally read a chapter, discuss, read a chapter, discuss. So expect to see this on my reading list for a while.

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Reading Progress

03/28/2012 page 17
04/03/2012 page 42
17.0% "Interesting. Essentially outlines the "apolitical" nature of the Church. Not sure I buy some of the assumptions about the idea that God/Scripture never lays out definitions of "right" vs. "wrong" but simply alludes to natural law, but the assumption therefore clearly shows up in political systems. Also, great note on the "eternal nature of the Church". Interested in seeing where this all goes."
04/18/2012 page 62
24.0% "Most of this chapter was just a review of early Greek philosophy development, but a good review nonetheless."
04/25/2012 page 82
32.0% "Augustine's theology and how "the City of God" forms a foundation for post-Constantinian Christian politics. Very interesting."
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