Nullifiers and Insurrectionists: America’s Antigovernment Tradition

Article by Robert Westbrook

A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government. By Garry Wills. Simon & Schuster American intellectuals worthy of the name are thin on the ground these days — hard to find amidst swarms of academics incapable of addressing wide audiences and media pundits capable of addressing them only in clichés. Garry Wills has …

Prayed Politics

Article by Robert Bachelder

William H. Willimon and Stanley Hauerwas have charged that the church’s theology and ethics are atheistic (see "Embarrassed by God’s Presence," January 30, 1985) To this it can be added that the church’s approach to political life is unrelated to God — unrelated, that is, to the transcendent God of reformed Protestantism whose thoughts and …

Prophets and Politics

Article by Kenneth W. Thompson

Walter Lippmann in The Public Philosophy grapples with an issue that has long concerned Reinhold Niebuhr in lectures and writings, namely, the problem of a relevant political ethic. There are, Mr. Lippmann argues, two realms that earlier and wiser philosophers and theologians described as the kingdom of God and the kingdom of man. The one …

Radical Middle

Article by R. Stephen Warner

Book Review: The Two Percent Solution: Fixing America’s Problems in Ways Liberals and Conservatives Can Love. By Matthew Miller: Public Affairs, 283 pp.   “Suppose I told you that for just two cents on the national dollar we could have a country where everyone had health insurance, every full-time worker earned a living wage, every …

Religion and the Moral Rhetoric of Presidential Politics

Article by Steven M. Tipton

Neither of the 1984 presidential candidates has fully understood the complexity of the other’s views on the religion-in-politics issue. Reagan is no theocrat and Walter Mondale no secularist, despite what each has implied about the other. More important, neither candidate’s recent statements have made clear the complexity of his own views on this issue. If …