Crises are useful gimmicks, whether it is economic meltdowns, climate change, immigration, cabinet reshuffles, sex scandals or wars. Political entrepreneurs will often make use of them or create them to try and force a surrender by the general populace of their right to communal discussion, reflection and critique.
The degree to which many Christians seem willing to play along with the games of the political classes is concerning. Whatever the event, many Christians would treat such crises as times that are so unusual that deeper civilisational questions, and the seemingly otherworldly and academic discourses of theology and philosophy which provide the vocabulary to address such questions, must be set aside in order to “deal with more urgent practical issues”, or that the Tradition be set aside because the situation we face is so novel that the Tradition must by necessity be made redundant.
The argument continues that once the crisis is over and stability restored, then…
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