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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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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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Article June 15, 2020

Waiting for Armageddon: Theological and Ethical Aspects of Nuclear Deterrence

Despite the association of nuclear weapons with the “end of days” and its religious dimension, expressed by concepts and images found in the Bible and theology, it is apparent that these associations do not provide us with a consistent assessment of the phenomenon of “nuclear weapons”.

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July 29, 2020

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

Duration: 1 hours 4 minutes

June 18, 2020

Christian Nationalism in the United States (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 1 minutes

April 8, 2020

The COVID-19 Crisis and Challenges to the Common Good (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 15 minutes