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Politics within God's Purpose: Christian Faith and Democracy Today

Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity at Brite Divinity School presents Politics within God's Purpose: Christian Faith and Democracy Today, The Sixth Schubert M. Ogden Seminar on Systematic Theology, on Saturday, September 22 (9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.) at First Presbyterian Church, 408 Park Avenue, Dallas, TX

Franklin I. Gamwell, Shailer Mathews Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago Divinity School will be the presenter.

Few subjects are more contentious among Christians in our country today than how their faith properly relates to political issues. This seminar will ask whether Christian belief about God’s purpose includes principles of justice and the common good in view of which major disagreements about proper governmental purposes might be discussed—and if so, what those principles are. We will also consider whether the context of religious freedom can be accepted by Christians as compatible with their faith—and if so, how any principles based on God’s purpose can be important to the wider public. Attention will be given to religious differences at stake in our public life, and one or more specific political issues will be cited in order to illustrate how Christian faith might make a difference.

Franklin I. Gamwell studies ethical and political theory in relation to Christian theology. His several books include Politics as a Christian Vocation: Faith and Democracy Today (2005) and By the People, For the People (2010). In 1995, he was a founding member and has since served on the board of Protestants for the Common Good, a Chicago-based organization of clergy and laity who seek to articulate and pursue politics as a Christian vocation. Ordained a Presbyterian minister, he served for three years as a pastor in the West Side Christian Parish in Chicago.

If you are already registered, please let us know if your plans have changed. If you have not registered, it is not too late –go to or call 817.257.7580. Registration is $35 and includes a light lunch. (Scholarships available)

Hope to see you on the 22nd,
Eilene Theilig