(The Tablet) Theologians condemn Christian nationalism and ‘Russian world’

Theologians and political scientists have issued a declaration condemning the identification of Christianity with political causes.

Attendees at a conference in Oxford signed a statement on 4 April in support of Orthodox theologians who reject the “Russian world” teaching of the Moscow patriarchate, and called on Christians “to reject unholy alliances between Christian identity and political power”.

The 83 signatories include the Czech priest and theologian Tomáš Halík, the German Reformed theologian Jürgen Moltmann, and the Italian Church historian Massimo Faggioli.

They affirm that Christian identity “is not singularly, exclusively, or supremely held by a nation or a race or a civilisation” and that “the Christian witness is distorted where it is used to create separation”.

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