Student Author(s)

Brandon Bowser
Nathan Longfield

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Mark Husbands

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Strong cultural and historical forces generate considerable challenges to American Christians seeking to become informed, meaningful and faithful political actors. Given the widespread lack of exposure to a number of the most basic elements of Christian Political Theology many are unfamiliar with rich historical (Augustine) and contemporary political thought (Oliver O'Donovan, Mark Noll, Ron Sider) within the Christian tradition. In the absence of a Christian political theology "politics" is often reduced to the decision of being either a Republican or Democrat. While Scripture calls all Christians to "be subject to governing authorities" (Rom 13:1), it sets this mandate within the broader context of the rule and kingdom of God. Christians, in short, properly engage in politics when they embody and seek the shalom and justice of the kingdom of God.