The always astute, always challenging James Poulos added his two cents to the What is Huckabee’s appeal? debate over at Postmodern Conservative a few days ago. It is, not surprisingly, well worth a click over. Here’s a taste:
It’s never easy to square faith and politics in everyday life — especially at the national level. But this latest innovation, like all I can think of, ends up doing so by subjugating both to a higher calling. I think that calling is some kind of strange universal love that ultimately considers the love of Christ to be, well, in need of supplementing. The state must perfect divine love. Though such a concept horrifies me, it’s a lot easier to swallow when the imperfection is mass race slavery and the statist in question is the reluctant, humble, and agonized Abraham Lincoln. The state is not a vehicle for spreading love around the world, and no faith I can think of fails to turn to heresy when it replaces its whole God with partial Eros.
UPDATE: Just to clarify, the title of this post wasn’t meant to suggest James was late to the topic, but that I was tardy in searching out his take on it. I should be checking Postmodern Conservative daily, as should you.
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