Reformed social theology: Contexts and constraints

David Fergusson

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The social theology of the Reformed church was informed by a succession of impulses and themes. Seven of these are outlined – politics as vocation, civil resistance, coordination of church and state, democratic tendencies, nationalist ideals, and economic concerns. While many of the Reformed churches initially followed a Christendom model of church-state partnership, this has been problematised in the modern era. An assessment of the place of these national churches is offered, followed by a consideration of ways in which the above mentioned classical themes might be retrieved at a time of rising populism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCalling of the Church in Times of Polarization
EditorsHeleen Zorgdrager, Pieter Vos, Eddy van der Borght
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 Mar 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in Reformed Theology
ISSN (Print)1571-4799


  • Calvin
  • church and state
  • political theology
  • Reformed tradition
  • covenant

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