Public faith

This week the ‘public theology’ think tank Theos produced a report on the role of Christianity in politics Neither Private nor Privileged: The Role of Christianity in Britain Today (PDF file). It argues Christians face:

…the challenge of navigating between theocracy on the one hand and a privatized faith in a secular society on the other is very real…

It advocates that:

…the specific actions the church should take depend on the nature of the state – that the closer its moral orientation is to the gospel, the greater the capacity for cooperation. The church therefore has the obligation to closely examine the moral orientation of the state, how its policies and actions contribute to the public good, not religious belief; and measure them against the church’s conception of the public good that underlies its public witness.