SHORTLY after the publication of the January 1997 issue of The Evangelical Quarterly, a British evangelical theological journal published by Paternoster Publishing, I was asked to respond to an article in that issue entitled “How Should Evangelicals Think about Politics?” by John Coffey. Initially, my intention was simply to write a short article as a critique. As this critique progressed, however, it became clear not only that it would be too long to submit as an article to The Evangelical Quarterly but that it was also incumbent upon me, as one who had undertaken to refute the theory put forward in the article in question, to provide an alternative theory to that being critiqued. I therefore decided to turn my response into an essay in two parts: the original critique of the principled pluralist position put forward by John Coffey, and an argument for what I consider to be the proper Christian attitude to political theory.

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