Talking Points 2012

 Monday, October 15, 2012 | 9:00am - 3:00pm| Matthews Auditorium, GRTS

The thrust of Talking Points 2012 was to generate reflection on how we might restore civility in America as a model for restoring and fostering civil discourse around the world.

The last half-century has seen evangelical Christians emerge as a significant force in national elections and debates, on everything from social issues to foreign policy. Unfortunately, Christian civic engagement has been hijacked by polarizing voices and unimaginative choices. It simply isn’t the case that, in order to be "politically engaged," we must choose to vote for Party A or Party B. Christian civic responsibility and political engagement can be more creative and redemptive, and even more civil and gracious, than has been modeled by leading figures over the last several decades.

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary invited three leading scholars to discuss how "Christian Civic Engagement" has taken shape in America and to help us imagine how we might take up these rights and responsibilities as new opportunities emerge.

 

Session One:

From Diatribe to Dialogue: Honoring God in Politics   

Amy Black, Ph.D.

Session Two:

The Body of Christ: The Political Identity & Mission of the Church    

Timothy Gombis, Ph.D.

Session Three:             

A Christian Basis for American Pluralism

George Marsden, Ph.D.

 

 

 

Amy E. Black, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Political Science

Wheaton College

From Diatribe to Dialogue: Honoring God in Politics

Selected Works:
Honoring God in Red or Blue: Approaching Politics with Humility, Grace, & Reason
Beyond Left and Right: Helping Christians Make Sense of American Politics

 

 

 

 

Timothy Gombis, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of New Testament

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

The Body of Christ: The Political Identity & Mission of the Church

Selected Works:
The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God
Paul: A Guide for the Perplexed
www.timgombis.com

 

 

 

George Marsden, Ph.D. | Professor of History Emeritus

University of Notre Dame

A Christian Basis for American Pluralism

Selected Works:
Religion and American Culture
The Search for Christian America
Fundamentalism and American Culture
The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship