Journal for Christian Theological Research


The political thought of Oliver O’Donovan is discussed alongside a key text for his thought, the book of Revelation. Specifically I examine the question of God’s providential relationship to enduring political authority. I suggest that while O’Donovan’s work presents a positive relationship between God’s providence and an enduring political authority, the book of Revelation presents a negative relationship, meaning God keeps at bay the forces that would otherwise destabilize political authority. We begin with an introduction to O’Dovovan and his notion of political authority, which is followed by an inductive study of Revelation. I conclude with a comparison of the two, offering suggestions of the political and ethical practicality such a comparison may yield.