|Publication Date: 17 Mar 2016|
|Series: Studies in Christian Doctrine & Scripture|
|Page Count: 448|
|Author: Jonathan Leeman|
|ISBN-13: 9781783594160, 9781783594740|
Theologians have been debating this claim for years. Liberationists, Anabaptists, Augustinians, neo-Calvinists, Radical Orthodox and others continue to discuss the matter. What do we mean by politics and the political? What are the limits of the church’s political reach? What is the nature of the church as an institution? How do we establish these claims theologically?
Jonathan Leeman sets out to address these questions in this significant work. Drawing on covenantal theology and the ‘new institutionalism’ in political science, Leeman critiques political liberalism and explores how the biblical canon informs an account of the local church as an embassy of Christ’s kingdom. Political Church heralds a new era in political theology.
An incisive and distinctly evangelical contribution to political theology, Leeman’s Political
Church supplants the tired dichotomies of classical liberalism by recapturing the church’s
unique political ontology as a community with a message that is also at the same time an
institution with keys to the kingdom. To bear witness to the rule of Christ is also to represent him publicly to the world. Leeman’s account is impressively well-judged and advances a conception of church as embassy that those who take the rule of Christ seriously cannot afford to overlook. Essential (and edifying!) reading.
Jonathan Leeman is one of the most careful, intelligent and skilled theological minds of our day, particularly in matters of ecclesiology. This new volume is a courageous defense of the centrality and indispensability of the local church. Political Church is a model for sound exegetical, biblical and systematic theology that makes a powerful argument. For anyone thinking seriously about ecclesiology, local church ministry, the relationship between church and state, or even religious liberty, this volume is a brilliant resource.
This is a very important book. Impressive in the depth and breadth of its sources,
Political Church offers a fresh, cogent and well-informed model that deserves wide attention. Situating his arguments in past and present debates, Leeman formulates a unique paradigm for understanding simultaneously the nature of the church and its relation to the kingdoms of this age. Political Church is an example of a new level of evangelical reflection and serious engagement.