Left, Right & Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics
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The shifting politics of young evangelicals from the religious right to the social-justice left became a hot topic during the 2008 presidential campaign. As the next campaign season gets underway, the faiths of the GOP candidates and of the incumbent president are facing public scrutiny. For young people, this raises questions: Does God stay out of politics? Should we? How should our beliefs shape our political views, and why is there so much disagreement among believers?

At this AEI event, two evangelical Christian authors representing different ends of the political spectrum will shed light on these timely questions. Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners and D.C. Innes of the King’s College, authors of the new book "Left, Right & Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics," will speak about the role of faith in the crucial debates facing Americans today. In the book, Innes and Harper provide a sharp and thoughtful dialogue on understanding the world of politics through a distinctly Christian perspective. As a young generation of evangelicals looks toward a new election season, the presenters will offer a valuable discussion for those on the left or right and anywhere in between. Lunch will be served.

 

Agenda
SCHEDULE

11:45 AM
Registration and Luncheon

12:00 PM
Introduction:
GREG LANE, AEI

12:15 PM
Presenters:
D.C INNES, The King’s College
LISA SHARON HARPER, Sojourners

1:15 PM
Adjournment
Speaker Biographies

Lisa Sharon Harper
is director of mobilizing at Sojourners. She was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice, an organization at the hub of a new ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City. Her writing has been featured in The National Civic Review, God’s Politics blog, The Huffington Post, Urban Faith, Prism and Slant33, where she has written extensively on tax reform, comprehensive immigration reform, health care reform, poverty, racial justice and transformational civic engagement.

D.C. Innes is associate professor of politics at The King’s College in New York City. He has published articles, chapters and columns in Interpretation, Worldmag.com, The Washington Times, Piety and Humanity and Civil Religion in Political Thought. He is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and sits on the Board of Directors for the Evangelical Political Scholars Association.
Greg Lane is project development associate for Values & Capitalism, an AEI initiative to engage college students in a conversation about the coherence of free enterprise and Christian faith. Previously, he was a research assistant for AEI’s National Research Initiative.

 

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