Free Speech in Pauline Political Theology

David E. Fredrickson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1992

Issue: Economics and Justice (Vol. 12, No 4, Fall, 1992)

Although it is generally recognized today that Paul’s faith was not a religion of subjectivity, some may nevertheless object to the notion that the apostle’s theology has a political dimension. Surely, it may be said, the sectarian communities which Paul nurtured with the stark contrasts of “outsiders” and “insiders” did not think that their task was to influence public policy in the cities of the Roman empire. While it is of course preposterous to think that the early Christians had Caesar’s ear, influencing public policy is only one way of engaging in politics.

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