Responding to a comment by eikos
I don’t know. As I get older, I become more and more convinced that there really aren’t any choices between Christianity and the “way of the world”, i.e. slavery, caste, inquisitions, empire-building, endless wars, etc. There really is no harnessing the evil heart to produce good ends, no matter how clever the system.
Here’s how I figure: Jesus gave us a comprehensive political program for Christian communities within larger communities, which will always be at odds with everything else because the program is universalist and prescriptive, though nonviolent. We generally ignore this because it’s considered impractical. It’s the way of the world to persecute the church, but this only strengthens and spreads it.
In the eschaton, John prophesied that the way of the world will win this struggle and completely dominate the church under a perfectly designed program of containment, under Satan’s personal oversight. At this point, Jesus will return to destroy this perfect system and set up his own, again under his personal oversight.
So that’s how I figure nowadays.