My first semester comes to a close at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Like most other students I find myself feeling the pressure of reading, writing papers, studying and preparing for exams. I have had to write two thesis papers for two different classes: Ethics and Fundamentalism & Evangelicalism. Seeking to “kill two birds” I chose the subject of Christians and politics.
As I began my reading I was overwhelmed at the amount of books, periodicals and articles that have been published on this topic. I choose a select few titles and moved forward with those and I still had a stack of books that reached my knee. There are many ideas to consider and perspectives to wrestle. Any study of this subject would be deficient if it overlooked the history of the church in relation to the state. Some are quick to criticize Constantine and the era that followed him. Others point to the investiture controversy of the 11th century. Still others consider the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy of the early 20th century and, in particular, the Scopes Trial of 1925. To put a long story short, there is much to consider.
I am hoping to begin a series of posts that will explore my thoughts on this subject. Most of what will be said will come from edited portions of my papers. I hope to make this a regular tuesday feature for the next several weeks. Thanks for reading and keep an eye out for more!