The Seventeenth Annual Paul B. Henry Lecture will feature former Henry Institute Director Corwin E. Smidt speaking on "What Does the Lord Require? The Grounds for Christian Civility in Politics."
Christians are called to political engagement. But, how should Christians engage in politics and what should be our political positions? The focus of this year’s Henry Lecture is a call to reflect more deeply about out basic political perspectives, and to be more cautious about assuming the correctness of our ideological convictions and political positions when making political decisions. Christians should be known in political life as much for how they choose to engage in public debate as for what they argue. Three basic considerations will be presented that should encourage us, as Christians, to exhibit greater humility with regard to our engagement in political life.
Dr. Smidt received both his Ph.D. and Masters degrees in political science from the University of Iowa and taught political science at Calvin College from 1977 through 2012. He is a prolific author in the field of religion and politics. His numerous authored and co-authored books include: The Disappearing God Gap; The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics; Divided by a Common Heritage; Pews, Prayers and Participation; Pulpit and Politics; In God We Trust; Religion as Social Capital; Evangelicalism: the Next Generation; and The Bully Pulpit. [more information on publications]
The lecture will be held in the Oak Room of the Prince Conference Center, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception for all attendees at the close of the presentation.