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Republican Theology: The Civil Religion of American Evangelicals

Benjamin T. Lynerd


Since the founding of the United States of America, American evangelicals have espoused a political theology that sees limited government as a condition for a thriving church and accordingly tilts toward libertarian politics. This “republican theology,” however, also predicates the republic’s longevity on the church’s capacity to elevate civic virtue, an impulse toward moral activism that often cuts against the libertarian grain. How evangelicals navigate the logic of their civil religion forms the subtext of their participation in American politics. Republican theology helps to explain, for i ... More

Keywords: American evangelicals, political theology, civil religion, limited government, moral activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199363551
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199363551.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin T. Lynerd, author
Roosevelt University