The institute produced a 32-page special report to be published in CHRISTIANITY TODAY.

From the Religious Right, the federal government often is pictured as a nest of secular humanists, and state governments as the bane of Christian schools. From the Left, liberal churchmen bring a different set of complaints: Central American policy, Reaganomics, the nuclear arms build-up.

Across the spectrum, Christians are awakening to political issues, but it is difficult for many to know whose lead to follow. In an attempt to shed light on biblical principles underlying the conflict between church and state, several of the country’s better-known evangelical thinkers have written a series of articles that outline, from a centrist evangelical point of view, the standards by which Christians should act toward and participate in civil government. The series is entitled “The Christian as Citizen” and will appear as a 32-page supplement in the April 19 issue of CHRISTIANITY TODAY. The special report contains major articles by J. I. Packer, Carl F. H. Henry, Kenneth S. Kantzer, Stephen Monsma, and David McKenna. In its essence, the special report argues that based on Scripture, civil government deserves the strong respect of Christians, even when it does not embrace Christian views. The report is not likely to make either the Religious Right or Left completely happy.

The magazine supplement will be the first report of the Christianity Today Institute, which has been organized to focus evangelical academic thought on contemporary issues confronting the church, and to transmit the results of that academic study to the church’s practicing leadership. The institute’s first meeting was held last November in Chicago to ...

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