Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: May 06, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412958660 | Print ISBN: 9781412958653 | Online ISBN: 9781412958660| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Within the context of political theory, theology might appear to be at the margin. The vocabularies of modern political thought are framed in opposition to theological world views; political theory begins where theology ends. At least this is the usual secular narrative. However, as pointed out by various perspectives within contemporary political theory, such as those associated with the work of William E. Connolly, Hent de Vries, and Charles Taylor, the relationship between theology and political theory is not necessarily so clear-cut. Some theologies articulate fully developed political theories or they have a political program; some political theories include theological imaginations or they have theological origins; and theologies and political theories compete over the political significance of their ontological assumptions and ethical guidelines. When considering the canon of political thought, several theologians appear; among them are the church father Augustine (354–430) and his distinction between the City of God and ...