Luke Bretherton, Political Theology & the Case for Democracy

Deep breaths, everyone; the election cycle is over. The mind-numbing television ads are done. The yard signs are becoming scarce. 

And yet, we all know that the vitriol and division remain. This kind of politics just seems to be sticking around. 

As followers of Jesus in America, the relationship between faith and politics has especially hit an interesting chapter. As more and more people become disillusioned with the church, is it any wonder why? So many church traditions have become synonymous with certain political expressions. 

“Over time, the relationship between theological and political concepts became a thicket of entangled ideas. As Christianity became more widespread and influential, theological categories and concepts were used to theorize political life,” said Dr. Luke Bretherton on the CBF Podcast Conversation.  

We sat down with the Professor of Moral & Political Theology at Duke Divinity School to discuss the implications of his research for the local church. “To complicate matters further, theological uses of political terms were then borrowed back to understand political life, but still with the imprint of their theological meaning embedded within them,” added Bretherton. 

The author of Christ and the Common Life, Bretherton, contributes to The Guardian, The Times, and The Washington Post. He is also the host of the Listen, Organize, Act! Podcast.

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