On this episode of the podcast, we talk with theologians Richard Mouw and Matthew Kaemingk about a new book, edited by Matt and dedicated to Rich – Reformed Public Theology: A Global Vision for Life in the World (Baker Academic, 2021). The theme question of the episode: “why does theology matter for public life?” Some topics we discuss:
- What do you mean by “Reformed”? What is “public” theology? And what is the unique contribution of the Reformed tradition to public theology?
- In a book with 20+ authors of different nationalities, vocations, and denominations, what are the common threads these authors share?
- As we seek to live in a pluralistic world, how do we learn to listen genuinely and to speak gently, with firm conviction?
- What are some characteristic flaws or blind spots of the Reformed tradition that this book celebrates?
- What does Reformed public theology have to say when it comes to institutional power, institutional sin, and institutional reform?
- What does “every square inch” really mean? Why doesn’t it mean Christians “taking over”?
If you’d like to read more, In All Things will be hosting a four-part review of the book, which will be posted here as they become available:
Introduction and Public Culture: Part 1 – Justin Bailey
Public Markets and Public Justice: Part 2 – Donald Roth
Aesthetics and Academy: Part 3 – Gayle Doornbos
Public Worship: Part 4 – Todd Zuidema