No Republican or Conservative, and certainly no successful one, can properly be a Christian. Christians are, in St. Paul’s rather colourful phrase, “the shit of the earth”, the refuse, the rabble, those that don’t matter, and the few who refuse to disinclude them on that basis. As such Christianity proper is not a specific belief-system, but the radicality of a community formed from the excremental remainder of “good society”. Any Christianity that posits itself as a community of beilevers misunderstands the point – it has to become a community of love, a community of trust in others that are as disincluded by every other community. Belief and faith are not commutative but mutually exclusive, Christians must trust in one another (have faith) precisely because there is nothing else to believe in.


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