The problem is that there are no political solutions to the problems that most people care about.
I take this observation to be simply true. Tracing some of the implications of this simple truth– that there are no political solutions to the problems that most people care about– will be the subject of upcoming posts.
The speaker of the above quotation is James Davison Hunter, Professor of Religion, Culture and Social Theory, at the University of Virginia. His analysis of American public life is illuminating, as is his critique of the way that American Christianity (both “conservative” and “liberal”) has engaged the public sphere. I will be responding to his insights.
The transcript of Professor Hunter’s three-hour presentation to the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Faith Angles conference (from which I lifted the opening quotation) is here.