"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. Prophetic and pastoral, this book offers a fresh look at a crucial and contested dimension of the Christian life.
"The long-standing partnership between InterVarsity Press and the annual Wheaton College Theology Conference continues to produce very fine fruit indeed, of which this volume of wide-ranging essays in political theology is another fine example. Readers will benefit greatly from being expertly led by historians, theologians and ethicists to reflect more deeply and critically on abiding questions of Christian political thinking as well as many pressing issues of our present moment. This is a welcome contribution to a very lively field of theological endeavor."
"Wheaton College professors Kalantzis and Lee pose a provocative question: 'Are Christians today anything more than an interest group?' In light of a 2013 Pew report showing the U.S. on the verge of becoming a minority Protestant country, twelve prominent theologians respond. From the salty Stanley Hauerwas to the precise Mark Noll, each gnaws on an ancient bone: since the outlawed Jesus Movement became legitimate under Constantine, what are we to make of Christians and politics?"
"Prophetic and pastoral, this book offers a fresh look at a crucial and contested dimension of the Christian life."
Introduction, by George Kalantzis and Gregory W. Lee
1 Church Matters, by Stanley Hauerwas
2 The Peril and Potential of Scripture in Christian Political Witness, by Mark Noll
3 Extra ecclesiam nullum regnum: The Politics of Jesus, by Scot McKnight
4 The Political Vision of the Apostle to the Nations, by Timothy G. Gombis
5 A Witness to the Nations: Early Christianity and Narratives of Power, by George Kalantzis
6 Not So Private: A Political Theology of Church and Family, by Jana Marguerite Bennett
7 Are Corporations People? The Corporate Form and the Body of Christ, by William T. Cavanaugh
8 Violence, by Peter J. Leithart
9 Just War as Christian Politics, by Daniel M. Bell Jr.
10 Repentance as Political Witness, by Jennifer M. McBride
11 Christian Political Witness: Key Current Debates, by David P. Gushee
12 Christian Political Witness: You Are in the World but Not of It, by David Gitari