Call for Proposals
JCS vol. II/2, May 2023
Journal Editor: Keith Stanglin, Center for Christian Studies
Guest Editor: Ben Peterson, Abilene Christian University
Christians in the Post-Christian Polis: The Kingdom of God and Earthly Politics
Christians are divided over political and social issues. How should we think about politics in a post-
Constantinian, post-Reformation, and post-Christian world? What theologically-sound, pastorally
sensitive, politically savvy strategies can help us navigate this challenging environment? Prominent
thinkers, both Protestant and Catholic, advance “postliberal” theories aiming to align our politics
with Christian truth, abandoning liberal neutrality about the good. Others emphasize the need to
build Christian communities who can withstand social pressures or persecution, preparing Christians
for faithful witness even to the point of martyrdom. This issue of The Journal of Christian Studies,
a journal dedicated to scholarship for the church, will address the question of Christians and politics
in the post-Christian polis.
We invite proposals to address perennial theoretical questions: What is the relationship
between church, state, and society? How engaged should we be in earthly politics? Given our
membership in the Kingdom of God, should Christians participate at all? If politics is the art of the
possible, how much pragmatism should we endorse? What biblical teachings and resources in the
Christian tradition should inform our politics? To what extent should Christians advocate for
Christian principles in law and policy? How should ministers address political issues?
Authors might address particular issues confronting Christians in the post-Christian West
and beyond: How should we assess the political activism of the Christian right? What are the
priorities for Christian political activity going forward? What should Christians make of the US role
on the world stage, and the transnational role of the church? How can we promote love for our
neighbors, near and far, in the context of contemporary politics?
Note, this is not an exhaustive list but meant to indicate the sort of inquiry the journal
invites. The journal especially, but not exclusively, seeks proposals from scholars and writers
associated with the Churches of Christ. We welcome proposals from Christians of any denomination
or political orientation.
Essays should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words.
To submit a proposal, please send a title and abstract (max 150 words) to Ben Peterson
(email@example.com) by August 15, 2022.
Selections will be made by August 31, 2022. Selections will be based on the editors’ evaluation of
relevance, interest for the readership, and quality of the proposals.
Initial drafts will be due January 15, 2023.
Please contact Ben Peterson with further questions.