“Religion and Politics in America”, a talk by Dr. Robin W. Lovin
Date(s) - 03/12/2017
Americans often seem to be confused about religion and politics. Separation of church and state is embedded in our Constitution, and we prize the freedom of each individual to hold any faith, or none. But we also expect our leaders and our neighbors to be people of faith – preferably a faith much like our own. The basic reasons for these confusions are themselves religious. The ambivalence about religion and politics comes from the multiple Christian traditions that have mixed it up in our religious life since the Puritans, Baptists, Anglicans, and Quakers argued with each other, long before the American Revolution. In those Christian traditions, three historic ways of thinking about politics stand out. American Christians have thought of politics as a temptation, as a tool, and as a task – a calling or a vocation. Each of those ways of thinking has a history, but they’re still very much with us today.
Join us for a talk by Dr. Robin W. Lovin, Senior Fellow, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton University and Formerly Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics and Dean of the Perkins Divinity School at Southern Methodist University, and Dean of the Theological School at Drew University. Dr. Lovin is a world-renowned expert on Christian ethics and the relationships between religion, law, and government.
Please join us, all are welcome!