Faithful Politics

Faithful Politics

Ten Approaches to Christian Citizenship and Why It Matters

by Miranda Zapor Cruz

Faithful Politics
paperback
  • Length: 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: August 20, 2024
  • Item Code: A0749
  • ISBN: 978-1-5140-0749-5

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Christians who seek to relate their faith to politics have always encountered tensions. Instead of easy answers and simple checklists, we need tools to help us thoughtfully navigate the complexities of Christian faithfulness in an increasingly diverse and polarized society.

In this book, Miranda Zapor Cruz guides readers in forming a vision of citizenship that brings Christian convictions into political engagement while avoiding common pitfalls. Cruz provides a measured, nonpartisan overview of different ways Christians have approached political participation. These ten views represent a range of theological approaches to the relationship between the kingdom of God and the country, including Anabaptist, social gospel, principled pluralist, and Christian nationalist. Cruz describes strengths and weaknesses of each view, with a focus on Christian faithfulness.

In the United States, Cruz argues, Christians who share very similar faith convictions can arrive at different political conclusions. There are, however, principles from Scripture and theology that should inform our thinking and remind us that our ultimate citizenship is in the kingdom of God. Faithful Politics helps us learn from Christians of the past as we discern how to be salt and light in our own time and place.

"The most comprehensive understanding of the role of the Christian believer in national politics from a biblical, theological, and historical perspective to date. A classic for generations. Research in Faithful Politics is extensive yet reads with ease. This is an essential book for leaders in all walks of life to have depth of understanding in public morals and social concerns impacting decision-making of the same."

Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent emerita of The Wesleyan Church
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CONTENTS

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Christian Citizenship in the Kingdom and the Country

1. Citizens of the Kingdom
2. Biblical Dual Citizenship
3. Salty Citizenship
4. Keeping the Kingdom out of the Country: Three Separatist Approaches
5. Keeping the Country out of the Kingdom: Two Separationist Approaches
6. Bringing the Kingdom into the Country: Social Gospel Approaches
7. Keeping the Country Under the Kingdom: Two Calvinist Approaches
8. Invading the Country to Establish the Kingdom: Dominionist Approaches
9. Eroding the Distinction between Kingdom to the Country: Christian Nationalism

Conclusion: Kingdom Citizenship

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Miranda Zapor Cruz is professor of historical theology at Indiana Wesleyan University. She holds a PhD in religion, politics, and society from Baylor University's J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary.