RPS 500  Politics and Theology 1 – Political Authority and Duty

Faculty: Sean Oliver-Dee (Profile)


The concepts of political authority and duty are complex and sensitive. Questions such as ‘what right has the state to demand anything from me?’ are frequently heard in political science classes. These are also questions that the great religions have also grappled with as they have sought to understand the role of the adherent within the life of the state. Historically, this has been principally discussed in relation to Christianity in the West, but with burgeoning non-Christian faith communities across the United States and Europe, these questions are being discussed afresh in this new era.

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