Category: Political Theology

Who’s Afraid of John Calvin? Answer: Thomas Jefferson

In 1822, Thomas Jefferson was enjoying a quiet retirement at his beloved Monticello. His family troubles gave him sleepless nights but he found solace in his correspondence and, as always, in his books. The former president’s mind turned over Virginia’s...

/ November 18, 2019

The Liberty of a Christian in a Democratic Age

Writing for the Catholic Herald, my friend Matthew Schmitz argues that the current political divide opening up in America confirms that Christian life and contemporary American ideas of liberty cannot permanently coexist. Eventually the two will come into conflict and...

/ October 23, 2019

What are nations for?

Once in college I asked my pastor if he had time to get coffee so I could ask his advice on something that had been bothering me for several months. I was feeling stretched to my limits because I was...

/ September 6, 2019

Rise of the Titans: Fascism, Christianity, and the Seduction of the Brutal

If you visit the Hotel du Lac, an inexplicably French-named bed and breakfast catering to German and British on the shores of Lake Garda, in Italy, you will likely see some of the hotel’s collection of decorative inter-war travel posters,...

/ July 16, 2019

In Defense of Nationalism: Notes on Yoram Hazony and His Critics

You didn’t have to be a close follower of contemporary political theory to know that Yoram Hazony’s The Virtue of Nationalism was going to be the equivalent of shooting a paintball into a hornet’s nest. Here was a book with...

/ July 3, 2019

Political Theology in an Age of Discontent

By Jonathan Cole (This piece is the introduction to his new book Christian Political Theology in an Age of Discontent) Anarchist political philosopher Pierre-Joseph Proudhon memorably defined theology as “the science of the infinitely absurd.”[1] Proudhon, who made this remark in...

/ June 13, 2019

The War of All Against One: Why Christians Should Not Be Populists

By Justin Hawkins (Presented for Delivery at the 2019 Henry Institute Symposium on Christianity and Politics, Calvin College, April 26, 2019)

/ June 12, 2019

What Kuyper Gets Wrong: On the Problem with Denominationalism

By Ruben Alvarado Once upon a time, the state shared the public square with the church. The central location of the church building in every European town is mute testimony to this state of affairs. But those days are long...

/ February 27, 2019

In Praise of Uncertainty

Imagine that you are a young man and one day your father commands you to find the donkeys that have wandered off, like poor young Saul was commanded to do in 1 Samuel. How will you do this? To find the...

/ November 1, 2018

Romans 13, Jeff Sessions, and Separating Families at the Border

In Dr. James Dobson’s Letter from 2012 predicting the dire consequences of an Obama election, he included the possibility of homeschooling families being forced to flee to Australia or New Zealand to continue educating their children at home. Imagine, if you...

/ June 15, 2018