How (Not) to Have a Foot in Both Kingdoms: Protestant Models for Christian Citizenship


A conversation with Dr. W. Bradford Littlejohn (The Davenant Trust), Dr. Vincent Bacote (Wheaton College) and Dr. Matthew Tuininga (Calvin Theological Seminary)

September 23, 7:00-9:00 PM
Blanchard Hall Room 339, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Christians in an increasingly post-Christian America are apt to be conflicted and confused about their role in their nation’s public life. Should we seek our identity as citizens of Christ’s kingdom alone, accepting the role of strangers and pilgrims? Should we seek to transform our culture and communities to bring them under the lordship of Christ? Or something in between? Using the recent revival of the historic Protestant language of “two kingdoms” as a focal point of the conversation, our panelists will explore these and related questions. Dr. Littlejohn will present the pros and cons of Reformational political theology as a model for today, drawing on his forthcoming book, The Promise and Peril of Christian Liberty: Richard Hooker, the Puritans, and Protestant Political Theology. Drs. Bacote and Tuininga will respond and engage, developing insights from their own recent books, Political Discipleship and Calvin’s Political Theology and the Public Engagement of the Church: Christ’s Two Kingdoms.