Christians in Political Science aims to encourage students of politics to integrate their Christian faith into their research and writing; stimulate and assist members to bring insights and perspectives from their faith to classroom teaching; and provide a forum for fellowship. We recognize that Christians of good faith may disagree about how Christianity should inform our professional, political, and other activities. Indeed, a major goal of CPS is to encourage discussion of these matters among believers from different traditions and with divergent views.
We believe that God is the creator and sustainer of all that is; Jesus Christ is the Son of God, fully God and fully human, and through his death and bodily resurrection is the redeemer of fallen humanity; and the Holy Spirit led the authors of the Bible in writing an authoritative guide for faith and conduct, and continues to guide the church of Jesus Christ today.
This board consists of members of Christians in Political Science who have agreed to offer advice and guidance to the executive leadership team.
Christians in Political Science (CPS) was launched as a formal organization in the fall of 1991 by a group of political scientists from six different colleges and universities. From the outset, the group defined "Christian" in both narrow and broad terms: Christianity was narrowly defined in its traditional sense rather than the broad cultural sense, but was meant to include all Christians who believe in the historic truths of the faith, irrespective of specific tradition or denomination.
Since then, CPS has grown steadily as an organization. It published its first newsletter in the fall of 1991, and the membership adopted a set of by-laws in the fall of 1993. The first general membership meeting was also held in 1993, in Washington, D.C., at the time of the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. The first slate of officers was elected in the spring of 1994.
From the beginning, the goals of the organization have been to encourage and stimulate members to integrate their Christian faith in their scholarship and teaching, and to enhance contact and fellowship among Christian political scientists. If you are interested in joining us, we hope you will become a member.