William Stacy Johnson
Princeton Theological Seminary
Re-envisioning Christianity: Why It Matters to Believer and Non-Believer Alike
My project aims to construct a “deliberative” version of Christian faith that addresses the democratic, pluralistic social context of North America. Echoing certain features of deliberative democracy, a deliberative Christianity builds on a moral pragmatism, while still maintaining robust Christian affirmations of God for us, Christ with us, and the Spirit among us. Adopting a politics of engagement rather than resentment or withdrawal into a private sphere, it offers a religious case for commitments to religious freedom; to human equality; to social, racial, and gender justice; and to stewardship of the Earth–viewing these commitments as essential contemporary expressions of biblical and prophetic religion. In short, this re-envisioning project seeks to forge a twenty-first century theology for social transformation, one that invites believer and non-believer alike into God’s ongoing work of redemption.