“Religion, Politics and Civility: Can These Three Things Really Go Together?”Here's more information:
James Calvin Davis teaches ethics and American religious history at Middlebury College, where he has been a member of the Religion Department since the fall of 2001. He is the author of In Defense of Civility: How Religion Can Unite America on Seven Moral Issues that Divide Us (WJK, 2010). In his writing and teaching, Davis studies the interplay of religion and American public life with historical perspective and contemporary concern. Chief among the questions he asks is this one: “What is the real story of religion’s past inﬂuence on the American moral and political traditions, and what might that tell us about the proper role for religion in today’s contentious debates?” He gets at that question by combining the insight of history with the disciplines of theology, philosophy, and cultural studies. Ultimately, Davis believes that a deep and accurate understanding of “public religion” in the American past can help us take advantage of the wisdom religious communities can oﬀer to our current debates over issues as varied as capital punishment, biotechnology, war, and economic justice.
That's this Sunday, May 13, at 4:00 PM. All are invited.
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