Nation State

World Community and World Government: What Reinhold Niebuhr Said
World Community and the Folly of World Government: What Reinhold Niebuhr Said

“A Christian knows, or ought to know, that an adequate Christian political ethic is not established merely by conceiving the most ideal possible solution for a political problem. He must, in all humility, deal with the realities of human nature, as well as the ideal possibilities.”

Looking Back at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Looking Back at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ (UDHR) impact across the globe was beyond what Eleanor Roosevelt and its drafters could have imagined. As we look forward, the human rights agenda is in great need of reform and renewal. Perhaps a return to the spirit of 1948 and the wisdom of its original drafters can provide wisdom for the future.

The Nations in the Bible
The Nations in the Bible

One of the main themes of the Old and New Testaments is the nations, a subject that remains largely in the background in the Old Testament but emerges into the foreground in the New Testament.

Giving Credit Where It’s Due: A Retrospective of the Trump Administration
Giving Credit Where It’s Due: A Retrospective of the Trump Administration

For those of us who care about the affairs of state, giving credit where it’s due is just as important as calling out mistakes and missteps.

Political Questions Are Not Irrelevant to Faith: A Reflection on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Martyrdom
Political Questions Are Not Irrelevant to Faith: A Reflection on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Martyrdom

Seventy-five years ago, Reinhold Niebuhr wrote this article reflecting on the martyrdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Abraham Kuyper Overseas Manifesto
Abraham Kuyper’s Overseas Manifesto

While much has been made of Abraham Kuyper’s Calvinistic contributions to domestic political theory, very little (in English) has been said of his foreign policy.

Understand Brexit and the European Union Better by Understanding Theology: Review of Mark Royce’s The Political Theology of European Integration
Brexit and the European Union’s Overlooked Ingredient: Review of Mark Royce’s The Political Theology of European Integration

In The Political Theology of European Integration, Mark Royce corrects the political science discourse by explaining how political theology can affect international relations.

World Order and a Just Witness: Christianity and Immigration
World Order and a Just Witness: Christianity and Immigration Part 2

Little progress can be made toward improving the human condition of migrants without acknowledging the central role of the nation-state.

Does Scripture Really Require Nation-States? Review of Hazony’s The Virtue of Nationalism
Does Scripture Really Require Nation-States? Review of Hazony’s The Virtue of Nationalism

If we follow scripture as understood by Hazony, perhaps then we face his “either nation or empire” mentality. From other Christian perspectives, an appeal could be made to the varying levels of political organization available to polities over time, ranging from the city to the nation-state, to regional federations, and so on. Hazony’s account, however, allows no such appeal.