Simon Jones blogged this yesterday:
For me, this whole issue raises questions about how we are training ministers for mission for today's world. Courses in ministry formation should engage with the likes of Friedman. But such engagement would mean that ministers-in-training need to be engaging with economics as much as Calvin, the principles of scientific enquiry as much as Karl Barth, public policy as much as pastoral theology.
As far as I know, this kind of engagement rarely takes place. Politics, economics and science are not given any real space ... this is in part due to so much being attempted in the three years and that the majority of those be trained have little or no previous theological education.
I believe we need churches who can think theologically about politics, economics, science, etc. So little politics, economics and science seems to take place within churches. We do not know how to engage publicly. Probably many churches have responded practically to those in need during this economic crisis, but how many have actually engaged with the larger questions of how we spend, where we bank. Probably many churches will host meetings during the upcoming general election, but how many regularly and weekly engage with the political questions of the day, whether locally, nationally and internationally.
Perhaps part of newly-accredited Baptist ministers formation should be around reading, discussion and reflection on politics and economics.
Some good places to start:
Faith and Politics After Christendom by Jonathan Bartley (Paternoster, 2006)
Christianity and Contemporary Politics by Luke Bretherton (Blackwell, 2010)
God and Government edited by Nick Spencer (SPCK, 2009)
A Biblical View of Law and Justice by David McIlroy (Paternoster, 2004)
The Theology of Money by Philip Goodchild (SCM, 2007)
The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics edited by Stanley Hauerwas and Samuel Wells (Blackwell, 2004)