Christianity and Politics Tocqueville Program Furman

This year, the Tocqueville Program will continue its examination of what St. Augustine called the "two cities:" the "earthly city" and the "city of God." For two thousand years, Christianity has existed in a tense, changing, sometimes fruitful, and sometimes explosive relationship with the political communities that have been its earthly home. Our course and lecture series this year will ask, What is the true nature of the relationship between Christianity and politics? Is Christianity a religion for slaves, as Jean-Jacques Rousseau argues? Or, as Alexis de Tocqueville suggests, is it the deepest source of human equality, liberty, and dignity—the moral and political pillars of modern democracy?

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