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Ross Douthat to Debate the Political Issues of Our Time at Regent College

May 16, 2012

How are Christians to think and act in a world where an "Arab Spring" appears to be ushering in a harsh winter of oppression against Christian minorities, where a Eurozone crisis is unleashing a long-dormant xenophobia on the far right, and where the American electorate remains as polarized as ever along religious lines?

Join us this Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, October 5 and 6, as four prominent Christian thinkers—Ross Douthat, James K.A. Smith, Peter Leithart, and Hans Boersma—discuss and debate the political issues of our time and speak to a Christian community that is called to bring reconciliation to an “Age of Fracture.”



Friday October 5, 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday October 6, 9 am - 4:30 pm

All talks will be given in the Regent College Chapel. This event is co-sponsored by the Marketplace Institute at Regent College and the Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue.


Ross Douthat (New York Times): "How Religion Went Bad: Christianity in an Age of Heresy"

Ross Douthat is the youngest regular op-ed writer in the history of the New York Times, and the author of the best-selling book Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics.

James K.A. Smith (Calvin College): "Holy Ambivalence: Secular Liturgies, Divine Politics?"

James K.A. Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and academic program coordinator for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

Peter Leithart (New St. Andrews College): “Bowls of Blood and Incense: The Politics of Martyrdom"

Peter Leithart is the Senior Theology Scholar at New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho and a contributing editor for Touchstone and First Things magazines.

Hans Boersma (Regent College): “Politics and Faith: Who Will Put Humpty Dumpty Together Again?”

Hans Boersma is the J.I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent College and the Co-Director of the Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue.

Roundtable discussions will follow each presentation.

About Regent College

Regent College is an evangelical, international graduate school of theology based in Vancouver and affiliated with the University of British Columbia, one of Canada’s premier research universities. Regent College was founded in 1968 as the first graduate school of theology in North America to make education of the laity its central focus. It is a place of academic rigour, cultural engagement, and vibrant faith that transforms intellect, imagination, and character. Here, people from around the world are inspired and enriched with a deep and practical Christian faith extending into all spheres of life and enabling them to live more thoughtfully in varied vocations in the church and the world.

Ross Douthat photo credit: Gilbert Cisneros/

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