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.