Christians in American Public Life

Confronting Controversies and Cultivating Common Ground

Religious protesters with signs

January 23, 2020
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Healy Hall Riggs Library Map

Christianity Today's recent editorial calling for the removal of President Donald Trump from public office has prompted a wide-ranging and sometimes heated discussion among evangelicals specifically and Christians more generally about religion's role in American public life. This discussion of faith engagement in the public square will cover the theological, legal, and prudential rules that should govern such engagement.

The discussion will include four commentators who have written widely about these issues and hail from different sectors of the Christian tradition. Panelists will use Melissa Rogers’ new book, Faith in American Public Life, as a springboard for the discussion. The book seeks to serve as a guide to key rules that define the relationship between government and religion, an area that has often been mischaracterized and misunderstood. Berkley Center Senior Research Fellow E.J. Dionne will lead the discussion, which will feature Rogers, editorial director of Christianity Today Ted Olsen, and executive director of Sojourners Rev. Adam R. Taylor.

A book signing with Melissa Rogers and a reception will follow the discussion.

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