Christians & Politics

Speaker(s): Mark Noll
Date: Fall 2018
Length: 2h50m
Product ID: RGDL4825S

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The support of American evangelicals for Donald Trump has grabbed headlines across the globe. For Christians, especially those who consider themselves evangelical Protestants, opinions have become enflamed. Some applaud. Others are sympathetic. Some are bewildered. Some appalled.

The level of intensity in the American Christian-political relationship contrasts sharply with both Canada and the United Kingdom. In the States, politics and Christianity are enmeshed. In Canada and Britain, Christians remain active in public life but in a decidedly different context.

Join leading church historian Mark Noll-author of The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind among many other notable works-for three perceptive lectures offering historical and theological insights from the contrasting histories of Canada, Britain, and America.

  • LECTURE 1: The Current Situation: Embattled America, Quiescent Canada, Semi-Secular Britain.This lecture will set out the current differences and similarities in the three regions, tracing their historical trajectories and catalyzing theological reflection in response to current situations.
  • LECTURE 2: Triumphs of Anglo, American, and Canadian Christian Politics.In this lecture we will discern when and where political involvement in the three regions has highlighted Christian integrity, supported Christian values, and advanced the Kingdom of God. Focusing on efforts for social reform, and support for (or opposition to) revolution we will also delve into the contrasts between Protestant and Catholic strategies of political involvement.
  • LECTURE 3: Tragedies of Anglo, American, and Canadian Christian Politics.In the final lecture of this series, we will look at several instances and periods in the history of the three regions where Christian political involvement has had a detrimental effect, focusing on actions taken when Christianity seems to have been under particular duress.

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Mark A. Noll is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, as well as co-founder of the Institute of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College. He is author of many books, including Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada, and Is the Reformation Over?: An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism.

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