Finally, as Alan Jacob writes, we need “better art and better stories.” We need to find ways to impact the imagination of our neighbors with images and stories that show them and finally win them over to the good, the true, and the beautiful.

Insofar as each of these priorities, the Church in our day is, for the most part, falling short. There is plenty of work for us all.

James Tonkowich is a writer and scholar at The Institute on Religion & Democracy where his focus is the intersection between faith and the public square, where worldview makes all the difference in the world. Jim worked with Chuck Colson, managing his daily BreakPoint radio commentary, founding a magazine, writing, speaking, and developing curriculum including the Centurions ProgramHe is a regular contributor to and also works with The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, Oxford House Research, and other policy institutes. Learn more about Jim at

Publication date: April 24, 2013