Deepening and Broadening Christian Citizenship: Going Beyond the Basics without Succumbing to Liberal and Communitarian Ideals

Fred Van Geest

Fred Van Geest notes that there has been a growing scholarly interest in the subject of citizenship from a range of perspectives. However, much explicitly Christian scholarship on the subject continues to emphasize basic and traditional themes, such as obedience to authority and the importance of staying informed. The many changes in our world, ranging from globalization to changes in the non-profit sector to growing patriotism, require that Christians continue to develop a distinct perspective on the subject. This paper examines liberal and communitarian views of citizenship and offers alternatives for developing a deeper conception of Christian citizenship based on biblical principles. Mr. Van Geest is Associate Professor of Political and Environmental Studies at Dordt College.

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