Public Theology

Overview

The Public Theology consultation examines what scripture and theology teach us about public social orders – civil authority and governance, as well as informal (social and cultural) public systems of meaning and legitimation – and their intersection with the life of the church, especially amid the challenges of increasingly pluralistic social environments. Politics provides core biblical themes describing God (king), salvation (reprieve from legal guilt and punishment), Christian life (in the kingdom) and much else. The interaction of the church (individually and corporately) with public social orders is a key theme in every section of the Bible. Unprecedented pluralism and secularistic social ordres make the need for theological knowledge and disciple-making in this area especially great today.