Historical Theology of Church and State

Course code: HITH632

A Christian theology of Church and State seeks to understand the relationship of holiness and civic power. There are three principles in the New Testament that guide Christian thought on this topic: “Jesus Christ is Lord,” “render unto Caesar,” and “be subject to authorities.” In this course we will study the history of Christian political thought with special focus on how various Christian traditions have understood and practiced Christian faith in the public square differently. Each student will grapple with the issues in order to develop their own Christ-centered theo-political ethic.

Intended Outcomes

  • To be announced

Assignment Overview

  • Regularly assigned textbook and article readings on political theology across the history and traditions of the Christian church.
  • Several book reviews.
  • Weekly live synchronous video class meetings for discussion.


Dr. David Fry

David Fry


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