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Eric Gregory on Augustinian Politics

This recent lecture by Eric Gregory of Princeton University on “Modern Politics in the Shadow of Augustine” is worthwhile. One of the many great insights included is this line about Augustine’s view: “Being for the highest good means being for particular goods.”

Discussing another Princeton professor of the past, at one point during the Q&A Gregory observes, “The culture that would permit someone like Paul Ramsey to have an influence no longer exists.”

By Jordan Ballor

Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012), and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous volumes. Jordan also serves as associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research of Calvin Theological Seminary.

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[…] Augustine inaugurated a tradition of Christian reflection on the saeculum, the age of this world in which the wheat and the tares grow up together, and the implications of this for common life together. On the relevance of Augustine for modern considerations of political order, I recommend a recent lecture from Eric Gregory of Princeton University. […]

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