"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. Contributors include:
- Stanley Hauerwas
- Mark Noll
- Scot McKnight
- Timothy G. Gombis
- George Kalantzis
- Jana Marguerite Bennett
- William T. Cavanaugh
- Peter J. Leithart
- Daniel M. Bell Jr.
- Jennifer M. McBride
- David P. Gushee
- Bishop David Gitari
George Kalantzis (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is associate professor of theology and director of The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. His research and writing interests focus on the dynamic relationship between the written documents and their interpretation in early Christianity, paying particular attention to the development of christological and trinitarian thought, as well as the interplay of classical Greco-Roman and early Christian philosophical understandings of anthropology and biblical hermeneutics. He is the author of , , coeditor with Andrew Tooley of , with Jeffrey P. Greenman of and with D. Stephen Long of , as well a numerous articles and essays on Patristic thought. He is currently completing a project on wealth and poverty titled Before coming to Wheaton College, Kalantzis taught seminary and doctoral students as they were preparing to engage the world and the church. He and his wife share this goal and vision with their Chicago area congregation where they serve in missions, the worship arts programs, and in adult and children's education.
Gregory W. Lee (Ph.D., Duke University) is assistant professor of theology at Wheaton College. His academic interests focus on the appropriation of early Christian writers for contemporary theological reflection. His forthcoming book, , explores the dynamics of scriptural authority in Augustine, Calvin and the epistle to the Hebrews. His next major project will focus on Augustine's understanding of ecclesial sin and its implications for church division and the church-world relationship. He and his wife live in the North Lawndale area of Chicago, where they attend Lawndale Christian Community Church.
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.
-Philip G. Ziegler,
University of Aberdeen
"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."