This course brings together Christian theology with engagement in the public square. In an intensive setting, students will engage a number of writings on political theology, using these writings and in-class discussion to develop and hone their own political theology. They will examine popular sectarian critiques of Christians engaging in politics, and develop responses to them. By the end of the course, the student will be able to articulate and defend their theology of public engagement, stating first what it means to be a faithful follower of Jesus and then how to live that out in the political realm. To give students a sense of how others have understood and embodied this dual role for Christians, students will be given the opportunity to interact with other non-profits in the DC area. There will be at least one opportunity to visit Capitol Hill, giving students the change to experience direct engagement with Congressional offices. In addition, guest lecturers will be utilized to assure a thorough engagement with the topic.
Students will complete a project outlining a sound political theology.
Sample Readings From This Course May Include:
Gutenson, Charles, Christians and the Common Good. (Brazos, 2011.) ISBN: 1587432870, Retail: $19.99.
Hauerwas, Stanley and William Willimon, Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony. (Abingdon Press, 1989.) ISBN: 0687361591, Retail: $17.00
Sider, Ronald, Philip Olson & Heidi Unruh, Churches That Make a Difference. (Baker Books, 2002.) ISBN: 0801091330, Retail: $21.99.
Yoder, John Howard, Body Politics. (Herald Press, 2001.) ISBN: 0836191609, Retail: $14.99.
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