What type of State?

I’m writing these articles about Public Theology in the context of a General Election and that should act as a cautionary reminder. Our Public Theology is likely to be affected by our context. Here we are talking about the role of the state, where its boundaries are and whether it is benign or evil in the context of a modern, western democracy.

Would our view of the State be the same if we were living in Nazi Germany under a tyrannical dictator? What about if we were living in an Islamic theocracy like Iran (it is possible that some readers are)?  When Samuel Rutherford wrote Lex Rex, he was assuming that his readers would be living in a Christian state where the rulers and wider society where at least nominally Christian.  His assumption was that the State was benign but that its role was limited. Continue reading

The State we are in

We are thinking about the different worldviews and ideologies that underpin different political approaches and how Christians should engage with them.  One important factor to consider is our attitude to the State. Continue reading

Going Public – How we think Biblically about politics elections and public life

During the General Election Campaign, we’re going to include a few articles to do with “Public Theology.”

Public Theology is about how we apply what we believe about God, Creation, Humanity and New Creation to public life. This includes questions about Continue reading

And on the other hand…

A couple of days ago, I explained why I wouldn’t be organising an election hustings. I thought that in the interest of balance I would share some of the reasons why other church leaders will do. You see, whilst I’m not convinced it is the right answer, I also appreciate  the motives listed below and think they are good things to promote. I’d just do it differently! Continue reading

The local church and a General Election

So here we are facing a snap General Election just two years after the last General Election and one year after Brexit. How should a local church respond to an election?  Here are some thoughts Continue reading

Martyn Lloyd Jones -politics, elections and referendums

This article was first published during the #Brexit Referendum. The points below are just as relevant as we head into an early General Election

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There are some big political decisions coming up over the next few months.  In the UK voters will be deciding whether or not to stay in the European Union whilst in the US the Republicans and Democrats are still in the process of choosing candidates for the Presidential election later this year.

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Martyn Lloyd Jones -politics, elections and referendums

There are some big political decisions coming up over the next few months.  In the UK voters will be deciding whether or not to stay in the European Union whilst in the US the Republicans and Democrats are still in the process of choosing candidates for the Presidential election later this year. Continue reading