Politics and the New Testament

Politics and the New Testament

Sundays, Jan. 22 & 29, 2023
11:15 a.m.
Fullerton Room

Does the New Testament offer any guidance on political questions? Should Christians be involved in politics? This class will examine the political context of the New Testament, how these early Christian writings address political issues, and how we might be guided in our political thinking today. Joshua Yoder will lead this class.

Joshua has a PhD in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity from the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on how the Gospel writers portrayed the Roman authorities in the ways that they told the stories of the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. This work illuminates the relationship that the earliest Christian had with the political authorities of their time. He also served for many years as a pastor in the Mennonite Church (USA). Prior to that he worked with Christian Peacemaker Teams which currently works alongside communities in the West Bank. Joshua has taught at McCormick Theological Seminary, the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, United Lutheran Seminary and Eastern University. 

For more information, contact Rebecca Kirkpatrick.