In this election year, Christians will disagree with each other and with their neighbors about which candidates and policies best serve the health of our body politic. The United States is deeply divided politically, ethnically, and socioeconomically over issues like immigration, public education, abortion, police practices, mass incarceration, military spending, trade policy, and much more. It is timely to come together for a conference designed to equip Christians and churches for faithful public witness to Christ and the values of his Kingdom, including a love of neighbor and place that cultivates a healthy body politic of diverse opinions, policies, and public representatives for the common good. We have invited leading Christian scholars who have been called to study and articulate these issues carefully. Now, we are inviting you to join the conversation and learn with us.
Dr. Vincent E. Bacote, Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College
Dr. Bacote is the author of several books, including The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (Baker, 2005) and The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life (Zondervan Ordinary Theology Series, 2015). He has been a regular columnist for Comment; published articles in magazines such as Books and Culture, Christianity Today, Think Christian, and others; blogs for The High Calling and the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics; is a fellow of the Center for Public Justice; and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Christian Ethics.
Dr. John D. Inazu, Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at Washington University in St Louis
Dr. Inazu teaches courses on criminal law as well as religion and politics. His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion. He is the author of Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly (Yale University Press, 2012), and a frequent contributor to Christianity Today and the editorial pages of the nation’s leading newspapers. His new book, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference, will be published by the University of Chicago Press this spring.