Aside from feeling despair and war-weariness, what are other ways Christians can respond to a world riddled with barbarism, genocide, terrorism and tyrannies?
A new quarterly journal, Providence, seeks to offer “vibrant and robust thinking” about Christian options, Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), told a briefing Friday at the Newseum.
The new publication will showcase conservative perspectives, especially from evangelical and Protestant Christian thinkers, on global statecraft, liberty, justice, human rights, the military, and Christian responsibilities to their neighbors and others in the world.
We want to “mine our shared traditions as Christians” about “how to live in this fallen world,” said Robert Nicholson, executive director of the Philos Project, a nonprofit that seeks to promote positive Christian engagement in the Middle East.
Mr. Tooley and Mr. Nicholson are publishers of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy.
The King’s College in New York City is a sponsor of the publication.
Mr. Tooley said Americans and young adults are now flooded with messages of anti-Americanism, isolationism, pessimism, and the idea that “a true follower of Jesus” would not be interested in force or even be interested in issues of global statecraft.
But some of these same messages were also common in the 1930s during Nazi Germany’s blitzkrieg through Europe, with Britain standing alone against the Third Reich.
In 1941, Karl Reinhold Niebuhr started his magazine, Christianity and Crisis, “to awaken American Protestants from pacifism, Utopianism, isolationism, neutralism and delusions about abstaining from the war that was engulfing the world,” Mr. Tooley wrote.
Providence will now similarly seek to argue that America, and the larger Christian world, can continue to be a global force for good, IRD said.
If Providence can “make a moral-based argument about confronting evil,” that would be “a real contribution,” said Gary L. Bauer, president of American Values and Washington director of Christians United for Israel Action Fund, who attended the briefing.
“Christian theology is quite clear that governments are instituted to protect people from evil forces,” Mr. Bauer said. So it is recognized “that somebody does have to wear a uniform,” such as people in the military, law enforcement and other peacekeeping forces.
Speakers at the briefing included Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the Center for Religious Freedom at Hudson Institute; Joseph Loconte, associate professor of history at The King’s College in New York City; Faith McDonnell, IRD director of Religious Liberty Programs and of the Church Alliance for a New Sudan; and William Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard.