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proceed on the assumption that one o the Christian camps
is wrong about their man. Either Jesus was primarily a
prophet o domination and mass passivity, oering conso-lation to the destitute in some world beyond death, or heproclaimed solidarity and sustenance or all in this world.I the ormer is true (or truer), then radicals’ disdain orthe Good News is sensible enough. But i the latter is thecase, an open-minded review o what Jesus and the early
Christians proclaimed could provide secular radicals with
ethical and other insights they have perhaps undervalued.
Or it could, practically and strategically speaking, helppromote an alliance between some Christians (genuineones?) and certain secular activists that reaches urtherthan many think possible. Which in turn could prove a
minor boon or American radicals especially, citizens and
residents o a country where polls show most people desire
more equality and justice, are inheritors o a tradition o mistrust toward government and proclaim their belie in
At the very least, secular activists could improve the
way they address believers.
For radical Christians, an enterprise o the sort pro-
posed here, even i it tends to repeat things they alreadythink, might help them tackle the requently heard argu-ment that aith is either not about society – it is a personalaair – or that it ts comortably inside a liberal agenda o political progress that John Kerry or Barack Obama mightsupport. (Naturally, we assume that radical Christians dis-count the possibility that Pat Robertson and George Bush
– at least with their current programs and opinions – belong
in their church.) A reiteration o atheists’ critique o aith,
something that will also arise in this piece, might also help
letist Christians look more closely at what they believe –with an added dose o reason, as it were. Is their aith sotand fabby? What o it can be discarded, what saved? Can
one’s religious commitment be thought through, or is there
an irreducible element o belie that is inevitably ‘eeling,’that revelation that precedes, skips over or, conversely, isa sort o condition or rationality? These are some o the
Between Christianity and the Libertarian Left: How Wide the Gap?