In the wake of the culture wars, people of faith from both the right and the left are bringing their beliefs into the public square by “meeting in the middle” on political and social issues. The authors will discuss this centrist faith movement, and how it will affect the future of the church and the nation.
On May 6, Jacques Berlinerblau will speak about his book Thumpin’ It: The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Today’s Presidential Politics. Berlinerblau is associate professor and director of the Program for Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He is also the editor of faith2008.org. He holds doctorates in ancient Near Eastern languages and literature from New York University and in theoretical sociology from the New School for Social Research. His areas of interest include the Bible, its composition, its interpretation, and the way that it has been coerced into modern political discourse.
In his latest book, The Future of Faith in American Politics: The Witness of the Evangelical Center, David P. Gushee, distinguished university professor of Christian ethics at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., gives a reasoned reflection on how evangelicals are confronting the major moral issues of our time.
Gushee will speak about this book on May 7. He is the author of ten other books, including Only Human (2005), Getting Marriage Right (2004), Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust (second edition, 2003), and Kingdom Ethics (2002). He is also president of Evangelicals Against Torture.