Christians in American Public Life
Confronting Controversies and Cultivating Common Ground
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January 23, 2020
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Healy Hall Riggs Library Map
Christianity Today's editorial calling for the removal of President Donald Trump from public office 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 covered the theological, legal, and prudential rules that should govern such engagement.
The discussion included four commentators who have written widely about these issues and hail from different sectors of the Christian tradition. Panelists used Melissa Rogers’ book, Faith in American Public Life (2019), 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 led the discussion, which featured 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 followed the discussion.
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Berkley Center managing director Michael Kessler introduces the panel.
E.J. Dionne moderates the panel, which featured Melissa Rogers, scholar of faith and religion in American public life.
Melissa Rogers discusses her new book on "Faith in American Public Life."
Ted Olsen, editorial director of Christianity Today, speaks about the media and polarized politics.
Rev. Adam R. Taylor, executive director of Sojourners, weighs in about faith and political advocacy.
Audience participation in the discussion.
Berkley Center visiting research fellow, Tobias Cremer, asks a question during audience Q&A.