Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Readers might be interested in this conference on Christian Realism, to be held at St. Thomas's law building in Minneapolis November 20-21, and sponsored by the Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy. (You can register at the link.) Plenary and concurrent speakers include Jean Elshtain, Gerry Bradley, David Skeel, and our own Michael Scaperlanda, Susan Stabile, and Rob Vischer, among many others. Here's an excerpt of the description in Call for Papers:
An examination of “realism” in religious and political thought is timely indeed. The term has been at the forefront of recent American foreign-policy debates over the role of moral values and the use of force. Pope Benedict XVI has spoken in several contexts of a “Christian realism” that offers a more sober and solid hope for social life than do alternative views. And President Obama has identified the Christian Realism of Reinhold Niebuhr as among his chief philosophical influences. Niebuhr’s approach was in several ways distinctively Protestant. But it is evident that the impulse for Christian public theology to be realistic—to be based in a clear-headed assessment of facts about God, human beings, and the world—cuts across Catholic and Protestant thinkers, although the themes and the definitions of realism vary.