Nov 8th 2018 – Russell Moore, leading evangelical critic of the close alignment of white evangelicals with President Donald Trump, delivered the Luce Lecture on Religion in Public at UVA. In his lecture, Dr Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, cited cynicism rather than secularism as a major problem for his faith. He said many wonder whether it has become “just another badge of tribal belonging,” and called for a refocusing on God and the cross at the center of American Evangelicalism. Watch the full video here:
October 22nd, 2018 – Religion and Its Publics co-sponsored an interdisciplinary conference to investigate the rise of the Alt-Right and its complex relationship with religion. Held at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, and broadcast live on C-SPAN, it featured three panels to explore the historical roots of the movement, the current state of affairs, and future trends. A recap of the event can be found here.
Full video of the conference, broken into three panels, is available here: Christianity and the Alt-Right in the past, Christianity and the Alt-Right in the present, and Christianity and the Alt-Right in the future.
In this special edition of The Square, E.J. Dionne talks with Jane Little and an audience of scholars about truth, patriotism, Donald Trump, and the “King Cyrus theology” that helped white evangelicals elect him.
E.J. Dionne is a columnist for The Washington Post, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, and Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University.
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The Reverend Dr. Michael Banner is a well-known ethicist in the UK and Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge. He recently visited us to deliver two lectures on bio-ethics.
Our Co-Director, Charles Mathewes, sat down with him to talk about his extensive public work, which has included advising government on some of the toughest moral questions, from lethal weapons to the use of human tissue.
In this edition of The Square, Professor Peter Mandaville surveys the dramatic shifts in the Islamic world since 9/11, assesses whether Saudi Arabia is really changing its tune on religious extremism, and what, if anything, the U.S. should do to foster change.
Peter Mandaville is Professor of International Affairs at George Mason University and a former senior advisor to the U.S. State Department.
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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.
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