I may do a more organized analysis. Let me offer up some initial thoughts right now:
- Despite Hunter’s protests to the contrary, if an outsider were evaluating Hunter’s views, 9 times out of 10 he would be placed in the neo-Anabaptist camp. Where he sets himself apart from some neo-Anabaptist writers is in his offering of positive constructs for living (the discussion of “faithful presence”). However, there are others who have expressed similar views; Hunter can differentiate himself from some of the extreme writers in that camp, but sounds a lot like the more moderate ones. [By the way, I hate using terms like neo-Anabaptist. But I'll stick with Hunter's terms.]
- As I’ve become increasingly convicted of our need to view ourselves as strangers and aliens, I find Hunter’s use of Jeremiah 29 to be highly appropriate. I fear that too many Christians want to try and turn Babylon into Jerusalem, instead of recognizing that we are living in exile. I prefer more of an emphasis on our role as ambassadors, yet I think Hunter’s teachings move in the right direction.
- I’ll save some of the discussion about politics for later posts. I’m sorry more people didn’t join the interesting discussion Todd and I had over Christians and politics (back on Essay 2, Chapter 6), but this series has apparently numbed the brains of all who glanced at it.
- I should make a comment on that fact, the total lack of discussion on this series. While I think more people read than commented, I also recognize what I stated in the very beginning: this was a selfish series. I needed to go back through Hunter’s book and analyze the ideas. The best way I knew to do that was to make myself blog it chapter by chapter. For many, it was far from interesting. That’s ok. It served the purpose for me. I’ll be incorporating some of these thoughts into a seminar I’m doing next week on “Christ and Culture.”
Maybe those of you who have somehow read this far in the series will have some thoughts to add. If not, we’ll probably look at some other ideas over the next few weeks.