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Vincent Bacote, Ph.D. - Wheaton College. Wheaton, IL, US

Vincent Bacote, Ph.D. Vincent Bacote, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology, Director of Center for Applied Christian Ethics | Wheaton College


Dr. Vincent Bacote's research focuses on the intersection of Christian faith and public life.



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Dr. Vincent Bacote believes that doctrine is central to the life of the church. He is the author of The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life and The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper. Dr. Bacote has contributed to books including Black Scholars in White Space: New Vistas in African American Studies from the Christian Academy; On Kuyper; Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership Is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions; Keep Your Head Up; and Prophetic Evangelicals. He is a regular columnist for Comment and has also had articles appear in magazines such as Books and Culture, Christianity Today, Think Christian and re:generation quarterly and journals such as Christian Scholars Review, Urban Mission and the Journal for Christian Theological Research.

Education (4)

Drew University: Ph.D., Theological and Religious Studies 2002

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School: M.Div., Urban Ministry 1994

The Citadel: B.S., Biology 1987

Drew University: M.Phil. 1999

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests (14)

Christian Thought Political Theology Theology and Culture Doctrine of the Church Doctrine of the Holy Spirit Theology Evangelicalism Faith and Politics Abraham Kuyper Calvinism NeoCalvinism Race Doctrine Doctrine of Humanity

Professional Affiliations (4)

  • Society of Christian Ethics
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Christian Theological Research Fellowship

Media Appearances (2)

New group of evangelicals seeks a more Christian approach to politics

Religion News Service  online


Vincent Bacote, associate professor of theology at Wheaton College and co-founder of Public Faith, hopes voters will go to the polls and cast a ballot — if not in the presidential race, then for the down-ballot options. “There’s more on the ballot,” Bacote said. “And often, those are the more important choices.”

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Wheaton College tackles the death penalty with Jesus in mind

The Washington Post  online


In addition to Wheaton’s own ethicist Vincent Bacote and Mercer University scholar David Gushee, the panelists include Kirk Bloodsworth, who spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. Also on the panel is Frank Thompson, former superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary who witnessed executions...

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Presentations and Event Appearances (6)

Surge Network Pastor's Lunch

First Wednesday  Redemption Church, Phoenix, Ariz.


The Political Disciple

Faith and Public Life Series  Progressive Baptist Church, Chicago, Ill.


Princeton Faith and Action

Princeton Faith and Action  Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.


Jochum Symposium

Valparaiso University  Valparaiso, Ind.


Spring Conference Lectures

Dallas Baptist University  Dallas, TX


Kuyper Lectures

Covenant College  Lookout Mountain, Ga.


Academics and Published Research (2)

Courses Taught

- BITH 315/316 Christian Thought
- BITH 376 Theologies of Transformation
- BITH 384 Political Theology
- BITH 489 Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
- BITH 489 Politics and Culture: Kuyper


- Theology and Culture
- Doctrine of the Church
- Theological Anthropology

Select Articles, Chapters, Reviews, and Other Publications (10)

Eschatology and Ethics Baker Academic

Vincent Bacote


Evangelical Theology Brill

Vincent Bacote


“A Different Kind of Public Theologian?”, Commentary on America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation, by Grant Wacker Syndicate Thology

Vincent Bacote


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Social Justice and Christian Obedience: Present and Future Challenges in The Church and Social Responsibility: Essays on Evangelicalism and Social Justice. .(Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press), 103-110

Edited by Jordan J. Ballor and Robert Joustra


The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life Zondervan

Vincent Bacote


Erasing Race: Racial Identity and Theological Anthropology Black Scholars in White Space

Vincent Bacote


How Should I Live? Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language

Vincent Bacote


Beyond Faithful Presence: Abraham Kuyper’s Legacy for Common Grace and Cultural Development Journal of Markets and Morality

Vincent Bacote


Ethnic Scarcity in Evangelical Theology: Where Are the Authors? in Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership Is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions, P&R Publishing

ed. Anthony B. Bradley


Natural Law: Friend of Common Grace in Natural Law and Evangelical Political Thought, Lexington Books

eds. Jesse Covington, Bryan McGraw and Micah Watson