TH6606 - Evangelicals, the Bible and the Public Square


Evangelicals, the Bible and the Public Square


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
190 hours of generated study time. 190 hours

Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.


The historical and theoretical issues relating to Evangelical participation in social and political issues

Selection of various political issues and exploration of disparate Evangelical engagement with them. 

     - Historical survey of Evangelical political engagement and activism

     - Evangelical political thought

     - Evangelical responses to political engagement (apoliticism, dualism, totalism)

     - Millennial influences upon Evangelical political engagement

     - Biblical Theology’s role in forging an Evangelical political outlook

Recent Developments

     - Evangelicals and postmodernism’s marketplace of ideas

     - the danger of parodying: Evangelical left versus Evangelical right

     - political action and influence as explicit or implicit.


Case study: Liberation theology vs Pentecostal politics in Latin America.

Other issues: War and conflict;  the Middle East crisis and Christian responses to the modern State of Israel; the environment;  poverty, social justice and globalisation; animal welfare; the alien, immigration and multiculturalism.

  • To outline, explore and analyse the history and current nature of Evangelical political participation.
  • To enable students to critically evaluate various theoretical issues arising out of Evangelical engagement with society and politics.
  • To encourage students to engage with various political issues currently being debated by Evangelicals, encouraging appreciation that theology should have a practical outworking.
  • To foster an ability to engage with opposing viewpoints, particularly those that critique or reject Evangelical approaches.
  • To develop the capacity to communicate describe and debate difficult or nuanced issues in the field with academic rigour.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

1. A thorough knowledge and understanding of the definitions, history, approaches, methods and limitations of Evangelical responses to political engagement.

2. A systematic understanding and critical appreciation of why and how postmodernism creates a milieu conducive to Evangelical participation in politics.

3. An ability to analyse, evaluate and discuss cogently the different opinions concerning the issues and methods of Christian political engagement.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
14000 word assignment100%1-3Coursework

As assessment

Beisner, E. C. (1997). Where garden meets wilderness: evangelical entry into the environmental debate. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty : W.B. Eerdmans Pub.

Budziszewski, J., & Weeks, D. L. (2006). Evangelicals in the public square: four formative voices on political thought and action. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic.

Burge, G. M. (2003). Whose land? whose promise? What Christians are not being told about Israel and the Palestinians. Cleveland, Ohio: Pilgrim Press.

Carroll R, M. D. (2008). Christians at the border: immigration, the church, and the Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic.

Clark, S. (2005). Tales of two cities: Christianity and politics. Leicester: Inter-Varsity.

Keillor, S. J. (2007). God's judgments: interpreting history and the Christian faith. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.

Megoran, N. S. (2007). The war on terror: how should Christians respond? Nottingham: Inter-Varsity Press.

Oakley, N. W. (2007). Engaging politics? The tensions of Christian political involvement. Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press.

Sider, R. J. (2008). The scandal of evangelical politics: why are Christians missing the chance to really change the world? Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.

Thacker, J., & Hoek, M. (2008). Micah's challenge: the Church's responsibility to the global poor. Milton Keynes: Paternoster.

David Cowan


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