Church, State, and Citizen: Christian Approaches to Political Engagement by Sandra F. Joireman

Church, State, and Citizen: Christian Approaches to Political Engagement

EditorSandra F. Joireman

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Christians are often portrayed as sharing the same political opinions and the same theological foundations for their actions. Yet, from the time of the early church, believers have held a variety of perspectives on the relationship between church and state and what constitutes legitimatepolitical behavior for Christian citizens. Thoroughly Christian political beliefs run the gamut from disavowal of any political responsibility to a complete endorsement of government policies and the belief that the state has been divinely appointed. In Church, State, and Citizen, Sandra F. Joireman has gathered political scientists to examine the relationship between religion and politics as seen from within seven Christian traditions: Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed, Anabaptist, Anglican, Evangelical and Pentecostal. In each chapter thehistorical and theological foundations of the tradition are described along with the beliefs regarding the appropriate role of the state and citizen. While all Christian traditions share certain beliefs about faith (e.g., human sin, salvation, Christ's atonement) and political life (e.g. limitedgovernment, human rights, the incompleteness and partiality of all political action) there are also profound differences. The authors discuss the contemporary implications of these beliefs both in the United States and in other areas of the world where Christianity is showing increasingvigor.

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Sandra F. Joireman is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Wheaton College (IL). She is the author of two books and numerous articles on property rights and legal development.

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Title:Church, State, and Citizen: Christian Approaches to Political EngagementFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.59 inPublished:June 18, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Sandra F. Joireman: Introduction2. Robert B. Shelledy: The Catholic Tradition and the State: Natural, Necessary, and Nettlesome3. Timothy J. Lomperis: Lutheranism and Politics: Martin Luther as a Modernizer, but for the Devil4. James W. Skillen: Reformed...and Always Reforming?5. Sandra F. Joireman: Anabaptist and the State: An Uneasy Coexistence6. Leah Seppanen Anderson: The Anglican Tradition: Building the State, Critiquing the State7. Timothy Samuel Shah: For the Sake of Conscience: Some Evangelical Views of the St8. Stephen M. Swindle: Pentecostalism: Holy Spirit Empowerment and Politics9. Mark R. Amstutz: Concluding Reflections