Why Jamie Smith Should Read Our Book

Jamie Smith has a nice interview with Richard Mouw about the continuing Anabaptist-Reformed disagreements in political theology.  They rather nicely point to the notion that the Anabaptists talk a lot about Jesus and the Reformed folks talk a lot about creation (and law).  There are, of course,  a number of other things going on in these disagreements but that’s a pretty pretty good way to get at it.

Well, as it happens, we have a book – and I have a chapter in that book – that gets at precisely those sorts of questions.  In our Natural Law and Evangelical Political Thought, we collected a number of very smart people and asked if and how evangelicals should avail themselves of the natural law tradition.  My contribution, on Carl Henry and the Doctrine of Creation, gets precisely at what Smith and Mouw are discussing and suggests that the Anabaptist (or affiliated) critiques of natural law thinking on Christological grounds are miscast since Creation (and thus nature) itself is Christocentric.  That doesn’t solve all one’s difficulties by any means, but it does seem to me a way forward.

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  1. In conversation with Jamie over the summer I was glad to learn that he’s in flux on some of the political dimensions of his thought, potentially retreating from some of the positions he took in Desiring the Kingdom. While he’s still a bit spooked by natural law, I think there is some room for fruitful discussion there. And yes, I did give him a copy of the book.

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