In a previous post I quoted James Hunter, a professor at the University of Virginia, as saying that there “are no political solutions to the problems most people care about.” As we here in New Hampshire– and in other states– now turn toward the November general elections, we would do well to spend some time reflecting on the limits of politics; what those limits might mean for the way we engage politically; and the potential for religion and religious leaders to help us imagine public life in a new way: a way that restores depth and breadth to those things which the practice of politics has flattened.
Another tidbit from Hunter:
So from my vantage point the biggest part of the challenge, at least as it bears on the things we’re talking about right now, is our ability to imagine a public realm that is not merely subsumed by the political. A public realm in which the common good is not merely sought through political means. A public realm in which we have the capacity to develop deeper and more integrated and cohesive notions of human justice that can inform political debate….