Fall 2012: Sacred Politics

So Help Me God? Scriptural Authority and Public Conscience

Leading into the 2012 presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections in the United States, the fall quarter of the 2012–13 Bannan Institute will host a series of public lectures exploring Christian texts relevant to issues of significant public debate, and engaging major questions of authority, national identity, and public conscience.

Scriptural Politics of War

Morality and War in Public Discourse

by Daniel Bell Jr. |

October 9, 2012 | 4:00 - 5:15 pm
St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons | MAP

The Hebrew and Christian scriptures are replete with examples of persons and families uprooted and migrating.  The sacred texts' injunctions about hospitality to strangers do not readily resolve complex questions about competing goods driving contemporary immigration debates.  Scriptures do have a key role to play in shaping our dispositions, imagination and moral reasoning. The lecture will explore the potential for scriptural narratives and themes to reveal migrant realities anew and inform an ethic of immigration.

Daniel M. Bell Jr., Professor of Theology and Ethics, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary is an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church. He earned the Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and the Doctor of Philosophy degree (in theology and ethics) from Duke University. He is the author of numerous publications, including Liberation Theology After the End of History (Routledge, 2001) and Just War as Christian Discipleship: Recentering the Tradition in the Church Rather than the State (Brazos, 2009). His latest book, Economy of Desire: Christianity and Capitalism in a Postmodern World (Baker Academic) is due

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