“Spiritual, but not religious” summarizes the religious orientation of many younger Americans. For years, those who care about theological education have puzzled over the declining interest by new college graduates in parish ministry and pastoral leadership. It has been a time of disruption and heartburn. If future generations are likely to be less interested in…
In this talk, Randleman analyzes whether the level of commitment to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) influences effectiveness in increasing global women’s rights and how the relationship between religion and the state may limit the realization of women’s rights.
Racism is the lingering effect of the American holocaust of slavery. In this talk, Savage argues that the reason for the persistence of racism is embedded in the founding of America. By compromising on the issue of slavery, the Founding Fathers established a national civil religion based on racism.
“America First, Border Walls, and Muslim Bans: A Place Based Approach to National Identity” by Adam McDuffie
The surge of white nationalist and anti-immigrant rhetoric during the Trump presidency can be explained through a “place-based” analysis. The reification of American identity by bolstering borders and restricting the means of legitimate entry is a result of changing notions of what constitutes the American “space” in an era of increasing globalization.
Is taxation an instrument of justice or simply a source of revenue? The contemporary American tax discussion vacillates between these two views. In this talk, Calhoun argues that taxation is uniquely positioned to balance competing considerations, such as equity and efficiency, and that this role comes from the Christian tradition.
“Our Non-Christian Nation: How Atheists, Satanists, Wiccans and Others are Demanding their Place in American Public Life” by Jay Wexler
In the past two decades, the Supreme Court has largely torn down the wall separating church and state, allowing Christians to display monuments on public property, apply for public funds, and pray before town meetings. In this talk, Wexler describes how religious minorities, including atheists, have been demanding to take part in public life alongside Christians and argues that this is a trend that should be celebrated and continued.