Love of people and place is virtuous. It is good to love one's family, and love of one's family easily extends to a love of nation, which is largely an extension of the family. One way to honor my mother and father (and grandmother and grandfather, etc.) is to honor the land in which I was born. Cultivating love of people and place is an application of the fifth commandment, among other things.

I have often thought this quotation from T. S. Eliot sums up what TPC is all about and what we are trying to do:

The World is trying the experiment of attempting to form a civilized but non-Christian mentality. The experiment will fail; but we must be very patient in awaiting its collapse; meanwhile redeeming the time: so that the Faith may be preserved alive through the dark ages before us; to renew and rebuild civilization, and save the World from suicide.

This is a follow up to my earlier post on recent tragedies.

Here are my criteria for a political theology:

Work, like so many other things in our culture today, has been politicized.