Joshua AlleyFollow

Publication Date

Fall 11-17-2014


School of Religion


Philosophy and Religion: Biblical Studies


American Revolution, theology, hermeneutics, contextualization, common sense, Romans 13, Evangelical, Evangelical thought


Biblical Studies | Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Ethics and Political Philosophy | History of Philosophy | History of Religions of Western Origin | Other Philosophy | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Sociology of Culture


Common sense theology has been a part of American theology since the time of the Revolution when Evangelicals incorporated ideals from the Scottish didactic Enlightenment into their thought. This paper deals with the work of one particular author, T. L. Carter, and his interpretation and exegetical work on Romans 13:1-7. It deals with the two major presuppositions of his common sense theology, namely that interpretations of any passage of Scripture will adhere to common sense and will result in a value-based ethic. Following this is an analysis of both the strengths and weaknesses of Carter's methodology.