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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.

Our Experts

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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

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Michael Kessler

Managing Director
Department of Government and Law Center

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Book February 8, 2018

Pope Francis as a Global Actor: Where Politics and Theology Meet

The chapters in this volume ask what difference it makes that Pope Francis is the first pope from Latin America, how and why different countries in the world respond to him, and how his understanding of scripture informs his ideas on economic, social, and environmental policy.

Blog Posts


April 7, 2009

The Making of a Catholic President (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 4 minutes

January 29, 2009

Brooks, Dionne, and Tippett Discuss the Legacy of Reinhold Niebuhr & the Future of Christian Realism (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 20 minutes

October 15, 2008

Political Theologies: Past, Present, and Future (Keynote featuring Mark Lilla & John Milbank) (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 21 minutes