Prayers in Parliament; scripture in schools; religious freedom legislation, sex discrimination and Christian schooling—recent years have seen heightened debate about the relationship of church and state. When are Christians called to honour and submit to political authority (Romans 13) and when are we called to obey God rather than men (Acts 5)? Should Christians seek political influence and transform institutions or build more robust independent communities and withdraw from the world?
Questions about faith and politics hit even closer to home for Christians seeking to hold together discipleship with life in the weekday world. As workers, creators, carers, citizens, and stewards, does faith in Christ distinctively shape our contribution to society?
Join the Lachlan Macquarie Institute for an important evening with one of the world’s leading thinkers in the area of Christian political engagement. Professor David VanDrunen’s book Politics After Christendom has been hailed as a landmark in political theology for its careful integration of biblical theology and political insight. Professor VanDrunen seeks to help Christians in a context of declining cultural influence and rising secularism develop a positive yet humble vision for life in the world.
About the Speaker:
Professor David VanDrunen (JD, Northwestern University School of Law; PhD Loyola University Chicago) is Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California. He is the author of Politics After Christendom: Political Theology in a Fractured World (2020); Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture (2010) and Divine Covenants and Moral Order: A Biblical Theology of Natural Law (2014).