Details for Introduction to Public Theology and Political Engagement

The relationship between the church and state is fraught with challenges. This subject sets out the theology of political engagement as well as describing strategies used by Christians to engage civic leaders at all levels in order to bring about social change consistent with God’s character and mission in the world.

This subject addresses three related areas and associated questions: 1) Public theology: what is it, what does it seek to do, and how can theology speak to issues of society and the common good beyond the walls of the church? 2) Political theology: what particular issues concern political theology, and what has the Christian faith said about governing and ordering life together in God’s world (for example on the question of the relation of Church and State, law, justice, etc.)? 3) Political engagement: what are the political systems and structures which do govern us? And on the basis of public and political theology, how might Christians engage practically and effectively in the contemporary political arena? What might be said about and to contemporary political concerns, in faithfulness to Christ?

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: THE499
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: DJ Konz


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Introduction to Public Theology and Political Engagement

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Critique the key foundational issues in the specialist area
  2. Examine the literature of the specialist area
  3. Appraise the contemporary relevance of the specialist area
  4. Analyse the significance of the issues in the specialist area

Subject Content

  • Introduction to Public Theology
  • Methods and approaches in Public Theology
  • Contemporary Contributions to Public Theology
  • Public Theology in Practice 1 & 2 (1: communicating publicly; 2: discipleship in the public square)
  • Introduction to Political Theology
  • Church and State
  • Contemporary issues and contributions in Political Theology
  • Political Engagement 1, 2 & 3 (1: Introduction to politics in Australia; 2: Working inside politics; 3: The policy process and effective advocacy)
  • Conclusion: A theological framework for public theology and political engagement

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face (onsite)
  • eLearning (online)
  • Intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Introductory Literature Review (30%)
  • Critical Reflection (30%)
  • Integrated Project (40%)

Prescribed Text

  • Kim, S. and Katie Day (eds). A Companion to Public Theology. Brill’s Companions to Modern Theology (Leiden: Brill, 2017) (e-book available through AC Library.)
  • Philips, E. Political Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: T&T Clark, 2012 (e-book available through AC Library).

Please consult your instructor before purchasing any texts.