Sex has played a uniquely powerful role in bringing religion and politics together, and many of us have asked why it has driven the so-called culture wars for so long and so passionately. Dr. R. Marie Griffith, our third guest on The Square, takes a deep dive into this phenomenon in her new book, Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics.
Dr. Griffith is John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis where she is also Director the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.
To revisit our first two episodes featuring Luke Bretherton and Shaun Casey, head to our Podcast page.
Shaun Casey has shuttled easily between the worlds of God and Mammon. He can readily converse with church leaders, academics, and politicians; he spent four years establishing religion at the heart of American diplomacy in the Obama State Department. He’s now director of The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, as well as one of our senior fellows here at Religion and Its Publics.
In this episode of The Square, he says the demand for a deep understanding of public religion has never been stronger, and takes aim both at academics who exile themselves from public discourse as well as those who would use religion for political purposes.
Listen to the conversation below:
To revisit our first episode of The Square featuring Luke Bretherton, Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School, head to our Podcast Page.
The Project on Religion and its Publics hosted a vibrant public discussion to reflect on the tragic and violent events over the weekend of August 11th and 12th that occurred in our home town of Charlottesville, VA. It was held in St. Paul’s Memorial Church – the venue where clergy and other peace activists gathered on the evening of the 11th as white nationalists marched outside. It focused on the role and responsibility of people of faith to tackle white supremacy theologically, intellectually, culturally – and how to continue to move forward with a new, invigorated religious-based activism.
The five-member panel included the Reverend Brenda Brown-Grooms, co-pastor of New Beginnings Christian Communities; Charlottesville Vice-Mayor, Dr. Wes Bellamy; the Reverend Seth Wispelwey, co-founder of Congregate Charlottesville; Dr. Larycia Hawkins, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Virginia; and Dr. Jalane Schmidt, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. It was chaired by John Edwin Mason, Professor of History at UVA.
Willis Jenkins on fossil fuels, white nationalism, and evangelicals on our blog, For the Time Being.