Pondering the Maurice quote below got me to thinking about Luke Bretherton’s response in a recent Political Theology article. Bretherton writes that “acts of re-constitution,” such as community organizing, Fair Trade measures, fighting for a just wage, etc., are in fact,

acts that heal the disaggregating impacts of the imposition of instrumentalzing and comodifying logics upon social existence by state and market procedures and that, at the same time, are acts that bear faithful witness to Christ… I contend they bear faithful witness to Christ because Christ as Logos is the one through whom all creation is made and in whom all things are reconciled and redeemed and so is the basis of a common world of meaning and actions… In a liberal democratic polity with a relativistic culture where the dynamics of competition, comodification and cooption deny the possibility of a shared world of meaning and common action, a key emphasis of faithful witness has to be enacting and upholding the possibility a common life: anything less is to deny Christ and render the Gospel either implausible or as a wholly private and subjective matter.

There is something so wonderfully Anglican, and therefore Patristic, about this passage. I think Bretherton is absolutely correct: to deny the possibility of a common life is “to deny Christ.” Nothing in this passage would indicate a sense of reasserting control over a given political sphere. Rather, Bretherton is echoing the logic of the Fathers: nothing exists beyond the limits of grace.

* Bretherton, “How Shall we Sing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land?” Political Theology 12.3 (2011), 466.

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