Monday, February 18, 2013

Speaking at "Secularism on the Edge"

On Wednesday I will be at Georgetown University for a conference entitled "Secularism on the Edge."  (Yes, you read that correctly--a Jesuit university is sponsoring a conference on secularism!).  The conference is the brainchild of Georgetown Jewish Civilization professor Jacques Berlinerblau, author of How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom.

The opening plenary session of the conference will consist of a public conversation with Jacques focused on some of the themes in Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction.  If you are in the D.C. area, be prepared for a free-wheeling discussion on the religious beliefs of the founding fathers, the current debate over Christian America, the historic understanding of the separation between church and state, and the political life of American evangelicalism.

I will be speaking in my capacity as an American historian, but also as a committed evangelical who found a lot of useful ideas in How to Be Secular.  Stay tuned.  This should be interesting (and fun).