Political Theology

Jonathan Cole

About Jonathan

Dr Jonathan Cole is a scholar, writer, translator, commentator, lecturer and speaker specialising in political theology (the intersection between religion and politics).

He is Assistant Director of the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University (CSU), Canberra, Australia, https://www.csu.edu.au/pact, and host of The Political Animals Podcast: Honest conversations about the political and cultural ideas that shape who we are in the 21st century.

He has a PhD in political theology from CSU, an MA in Islamic theology and Middle Eastern politics from the Australian National University and a BA Hons in Modern Greek language and history from La Trobe University. He speaks Greek.

He spent 13 years working in a number of Australian federal government departments and agencies in Canberra, including seven years in intelligence, most recently as a Senior Terrorism Analyst at the Office of National Assessments (2010–2014).

He publishes in the areas of Christian political theology, political philosophy, Islamist terrorism and the global jihadist movement.

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At a moment in which interest in political theology is rising, acceptance of a public role for religion is declining, and cynicism regarding both political and religious institutions is overflowing, this book investigates the possibilities and constraints of a Christian political theology that can meaningfully mediate Scripture, doctrine, and political reality. In critical dialogue with political theologians and political philosophers past and present, we explore the origins, meaning, and purpose of Christian political theology in an age of growing discontent with the once-impregnable liberal democratic order of yesteryear. Approaching politics as both art and science, this book lays a challenge at the feet of political theologians to offer a theological account of politics that is genuinely illuminating of political reality and efficacious for the faithful who seek to operate within it.


“Jonathan Cole offers a powerful and fresh account of the importance and indispensability of political theology. Cole challenges simplistic notions of what it means to do political theology and he argues that it is time for political theology to grow up and become a real discipline. The essays in this book offer a creative, illuminating, and stimulating account of the issues and challenges facing political theology today. A major contribution from a formidable and exciting scholar.”

—Stephen Pickard, Director, Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University


Prof Wayne Hudson launches Dr Jonathan Cole's book Christian Political Theology in an Age of Discontent at the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia, 20 November 2019.

Christian Political Theology: Is There Method in the Madness?

Millis Institute, Christian Heritage College, Brisbane, Australia, 4 December 2019

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Academic writing

The Addition of Orthodox Voices to (Western) Political Theology

Studies in Christian Ethics, 33, no.4 (2020): 549–564.

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The Evangelical-Orthodox Theological Dialogue: Managing Diversity and Navigating Asymmetry

European Journal of Theology 29, no.1 (2020): 27–38.

"The Problematic of Greek Identity and Christos Yannaras' Quest for a Politics of Authentic Existence"

In Polis, Ontology, Ecclesial Event: Engaging with Christos Yannaras' Thought, edited by Sotiris Mitralexis, 47–63. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 2018.

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"The Jihadist Current and the West: Politics, Theology, and the Clash of Conceptuality"

In Does Religion Cause Violence? Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Violence and Religion in the Modern World, edited by Scott Cowdell, Chris Fleming, Joel Hodge, and Carly Osborn, 207–228. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.

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"The Communo-centric Political Theology of Christos Yannaras in Conversation with Oliver O'Donovan"

In Mustard Seeds in the Public Square: Between and Beyond Theology, Philosophy, and Society, edited by Sotiris Mitralexis, 61–92. Wilmington, Del.: Vernon Press, 2017.

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