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Political Theology
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I. Fundamental Theology

The term political theology has had various meanings throughout its history, reflecting the relationship of a society’s religious system to its political system (see also state and religion). Of course this relationship is intended to make the political actions of Christians a primary theme of theology.

Political theology as a programmatic concept first appeared in the philosophy of the Stoics, who distinguished between mythical, physical or natura…

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Schuck, Martin, “Political Theology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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