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Political Theology

Original Illustration from Thomas Hobbe's Leviathan

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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Shaun Casey

Walsh School of Foreign Service

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David Hollenbach

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

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Michael Kessler

Managing Director
Department of Government and Law Center

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Blog Posts


October 14, 2020

Iran's Shia Diplomacy (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 4 minutes

September 29, 2020

Erdogan and the Ambivalent Nature of Turkey’s Religious Soft Power (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 3 minutes

July 29, 2020

India’s Challenges in Wielding Religious Soft Power (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 4 minutes