Capital Commentary is the weekly current-affairs publication of CPJ, written to encourage the pursuit of public justice.

An editorial statement of direction

Gideon Strauss


by Gideon Strauss
July 2, 2010

Capital Commentary is a weekly commentary on current affairs written to encourage the pursuit of public justice.    While every contributor to Capital Commentary is encouraged to write out of their own deepest commitments, with sincerity, honesty, and clarity about their particular convictions concerning the issues under discussion, the editorial slant of this publication is determined by the purpose of its publisher, the Center for Public Justice.
That purpose is to serve God, advance justice, and transform public life. You can read more about the Center’s purpose on our website, at, but let me emphasize the aspirations summarized in our formal purpose statement—and I quote:
We aspire to a United States and a world in which citizens, particularly Christians, take their civic responsibilities seriously as a service to God, until the kingdom of God comes in its fullness.
We aspire to a United States and a world where governments carry out their high calling to do justice to all citizens, institutions and communities.
We aspire to a United States and a world where citizens and leaders work together to shape public life for the good of all, both nationally and internationally.

Over the next couple of years I intend to give expression, editorially, to these aspirations by focusing on four kinds of contributions from writers.
Starting in August, we will lead each week with an article on the most important decision made in Washington, DC, during the preceding week or so, in view of our aspirations. This may be a decision by any of the branches of the government of the United States of America—legislative, executive, or judicial—or, more rarely, by some person or organization that is not part of government but nonetheless draws authority from being situated in Washington, DC. Every few months we will review our reporting, and re-evaluate our judgments on the relative importance of the decisions we’ve covered.
In addition, we will publish (1) a weekly article investigating the interaction between principled conviction and its approximation in practice, (2) a weekly article looking at political life from the 30,000 foot-level (asking the big questions and considering the big ideas), and finally, (3) a weekly series of dialogues on controversial matters of policy and practice between contributors who disagree on these matters while being held by a common commitment to the love of God and a shared desire to be decisively informed in their convictions by the teachings of the Bible.
The Center for Public Justice is not defined by its attention to particular issues but by its perspective—at that 30,000 foot-level—on the relation between faith and political life, the relationship between divine sovereignty and grace and human responsibility in citizenship. However, recognizing that this is a little magazine, published by a small think tank, with limited resources, Capital Commentary will at this stage of its contribution to the public dialogue steward these limited resources with a focus on four primary policy areas and four secondary policy areas.
Most of our space will be dedicated to questions of fiscal policy (in particular the problems of federal deficits and national debt), bioethical issues (including the problems of abortion and euthanasia, but also the many emerging problems related to biological research and genetic manipulation), education (in particular the problems of school reform in the interest of poorer children and religious choice in education), and national security (in particular exploring the implications of just war thinking).
Some space, in addition, will be given to arts policy, science policy, and the pressing problems surrounding migration and poverty reduction.

Your prayers are coveted as we seek to be faithful in this work of public opinion journalism.

—Gideon Strauss, CEO, Center for Public Justice
                            and Editor, Capital Commentary


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