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Political Theology

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Throughout history, theological concepts across religious traditions have been used to legitimate political systems, actions, and stances. These resources examine how religious beliefs and principles motivate specific political action. In particular, they explore historic and contemporary understandings of political engagement in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

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David Hollenbach

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Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Michael Kessler

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Department of Government and Georgetown Law

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October 18, 2023

9th Annual Costan Lecture in Early Christianity by Luke Timothy Johnson (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 9 minutes

May 17, 2023

The Godless Crusade (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 3 minutes

March 16, 2023

Christian Nationalism and the Borders of Political Community (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 3 minutes


Policy Brief October 25, 2023

The Hindu Right and India's Religious Diplomacy

Authored by Ian Hall, this Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy policy brief analyzes why India is investing more in religious diplomacy.

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