The Common Politic

My sons Joel (PhD, University of Aberdeen) and Brian (PhD, UC Santa Barbara) are starting an online magazine, The Common Politic. It is an ambitious project, meeting a need in the Christian community that has not hitherto been met. It is a great idea and you can read about it below.

What is The Common Politic?
The Common Politic is a new type of web magazine that aims to address a deficit in the current offerings of political discussion among Christians. When done publicly, such discussions usually occur in one of two sorts of media outlets: (i) highly selective journals and magazines or (ii) social media.

Online journals that specialize in opinion and in-depth commentary rather than reportage—think Political Theology, Church Life Journal, The Other Journal, or Syndicate but also First Things, Commonweal, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, or Christian Century—either cater almost exclusively to professors and pastors or take editorial lines that leave out the vast majority of thinking believers. Christians of different theological persuasions or political leanings rarely encounter one another in these outlets, and participation is nearly impossible for those whose vocation doesn’t involve much writing.

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About salooper57

Husband, father, pastor, follower. I am a disciple of Jesus, learning how to do life from him. I read, write, walk, play a little guitar, enjoy my family.
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2 Responses to The Common Politic

  1. John Kleinheksel says:

    Sounds interesting. Keep me posted. JRK


  2. salooper57 says:

    John: Will do. They are currently looking for institutional funding, though that is pretty far outside their academic wheelhouse. The idea that Christian thinkers might share ideas, prompt discussion, disagree, yet learn from each other without defensiveness or malice is exciting – and a powerful witness to the oneness for which Jesus prayed.


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