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Beckwith argues that Christians have a rich heritage of sophisticated thought and genuine responsibility. Beckwith addresses the contention that Christians, or religious citizens, should set aside their beliefs before they enter the public square.
Behaving in Public explains why and how Christians should resist these polar options. Informed by a frankly Christian theological vision of moral life and so turning toward the world with openness and curiosity, Biggar's succinct argument charts a third way forward.
Forsythe explores the importance of applying the principles of prudence to the realm of politics, especially that of bioethics. Forsythe applies these concepts to the ongoing debate among pro-life advocates regarding gradual versus radical change as the most effective way to achieve political and legislative goals.
Kristen Deede Johnson describes the move from tolerance to difference, and the move from epistemology to ontology, within political theory. This theological option enables the Church to envision a way to engage with contemporary political society without losing its own embodied story and practices.
David Koyzis surveys the key political ideologies of our era, including liberalism, conservatism, nationalism, democracy and socialism. Each philosophy is given careful analysis and fair critique, unpacking the worldview issues inherent to each and pointing out essential strengths and weaknesses.
This text explores the broad range of ways Christian thought intersects with American legal theory. Legal scholars describe how various Christian traditions understand law and justice, society and the state, and human nature and striving.
Moots explores the political meaning of covenants past and present by focusing on theory and application of covenantal politics from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Describes the strengths of covenant tradition while also presenting limitations and dangers. Contemporary political scientists are called on to provide insight into the covenant's history and its relevance today.
Law professor Michael Schutt believes that there are significant obstacles Christians belong in the legal profession and should regard it as a sacred calling. Schutt offers a vital resource for reconceiving the theoretical foundations of law and gives practical guidance for maintaining integrity within a challenging profession.
Explores the main legal teachings of Western Christianity, set out in the texts and traditions of scripture and theology, philosophy and jurisprudence. These Christian teachings on law, politics and society have made and can continue to make fundamental contributions to modern law in the West and beyond.
Wogaman clearly and fairly analyzes the long-standing debate about Christianity and politics and then constructs his own approach, while addressing the perennial political issues that continue to be of importance today.
How would politics be different if Christians acknowledged Jesus Christ as the archetype of all rulers, democratic and nondemocratic? How would our practice of politics change if we recognized the suffering love of Christ as the truest exercise of power? Power Made Perfect? offers a distinctive approach to government and politics. It is important, the author argues, to ask how creation provides guidance for political conduct; for politics to be an exercise in piety; and to approach politics in a fallen world with prudence and not in pursuit of ultimate solutions.
The church is political.Theologians have been debating this claim for years. Liberationists, Anabaptists, Augustinians, neo-Calvinists, Radical Orthodox and others continue to discuss the matter. What do we mean by politics and the political? What are the limits of the church's political reach? What is the nature of the church as an institution? How do we establish these claims theologically?Jonathan Leeman sets out to address these questions in this significant work.
"My kingdom is not of this world." Followers of Jesus have been struggling to understand these words ever since he first uttered them--often in sharply contradictory ways. Today the inescapably political nature of Christian witness is widely recognized. But what is the shape of this witness? What should Christian political engagement look like today?The twelve essays in this volume, originally presented at the 2013 Wheaton Theology Conference, present biblical, historical and theological proposals for thinking responsibly about the intersection of church and state in the contemporary cultural situation.
American Christians, weary of decades of entrenched partisan feuding, are increasingly distancing themselves from politics. Some, however, continue to turn toward the state and public policy to find solutions to the world's problems. The problem is that both responses allow a narrow vision of politics to determine the church's mission and ministries, which often ends up separating its commitment to personal faith from the pursuit of social justice--the King from the kingdom.
For the last two years, acclaimed theologian Amy Laura Hall has written a lively, wide-ranging, opinionated column for her local newspaper. In her column, Hall has sought--without flatly rejecting globalism--to think and act locally. She has also responded to what she sees as a disturbing Christian turn toward asceticism and away from abundance.
Celebrated Theologian Offers Wisdom for Civic Engagement Christian citizens have a responsibility to make political and ethical judgments in light of their faith and to participate in the public lives of their communities--from their local neighborhoods to the national scene. But it can be difficult to discern who to vote for, which policies to support, and how to respond to the social and cultural trends of our time. This nonpartisan handbook offers Christians practical guidance for thinking through complicated public issues and faithfully following Jesus as citizens of their countries.
In this culmination of his widely read and highly acclaimed Cultural Liturgies project, James K. A. Smith examines politics through the lens of liturgy. What if, he asks, citizens are not only thinkers or believers but also lovers? Smith explores how our analysis of political institutions would look different if we viewed them as incubators of love-shaping practices--not merely governing us but forming what we love. How would our political engagement change if we weren't simply looking for permission to express our "views" in the political sphere but actually hoped to shape the ethos of a nation, a state, or a municipality to foster a way of life that bends toward shalom?
Political theology as a normative discourse has been controversial not only for secular political philosophers who are especially suspicious of messianic claims but also for Jewish and Christian thinkers who differ widely on its meaning. These essays mount an argument for a Messianic Political Theology rooted in an interpretation of biblical (especially Pauline), Augustinian, and Radical Reformation readings of messianism as a thoroughly political and theological vision that gives rise to what the author calls Diaspora Ethics.
What are a Christian's civic responsibilities, and why? David Innes provides a principled political theology for understanding our civic "life together" in God's world. God calls our human officeholders and their civic business to a high moral purpose. His involvement in earthly rule reveals the nobility of political life-a practice it rarely conforms to but to which we should aspire.
When, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the US Supreme Court held that bans on same-sex marriage violate the Constitution, Christian conservative legal organizations (CCLOs) decried the ruling. Foreseeing an "assault against Christians," Liberty Counsel president Mat Staver declared, "We are entering a cultural civil war." Many would argue that a cultural war was already well underway; and yet, as this timely book makes clear, the stakes, the forces engaged, and the strategies employed have undergone profound changes in recent years. In Defending Faith, Daniel Bennett shows how the Christian legal movement (CLM) and its affiliated organizations arrived at this moment in time.
What might it mean for public and political life to be understood as an important dimension of following Jesus? As a part of Zondervan's Ordinary Theology series, Vincent E. Bacote's The Political Disciple addresses this question by considering not only whether Christians have (or need) permission to engage the public square, but also what it means to reflect Christlikeness in our public practice, as well as what to make of the typically slow rate of social change and the tension between relative allegiance to a nation and/or a political party and ultimate allegiance to Christ.
Mott seeks to advance the role of biblical and theological values in political lives of individual Christians and the public discourse of American society. Argues that Americans want to make choices of general standards of right and wrong, but tend to lack an objective formulation of Christian political theory that can supply norms essential for such a foundation.