Panel Discussion on Public Discourse and Public Theology feat. Professor Darren Guerra

Seminarians for Public Discourse:

Featuring best-selling author Jim Wallis,
professors Darren Patrick Guerra, of Vanguard University
and Scott Waller, of Biola University

When: Thursday, October 11, 2012 @ 7 PM

Where: Fuller Seminary’s Travis Auditorium (visit info here, parking info here)

Seminarians for Public Discourse, a Pasadena-based student-run initiative to promote civil public discourse, announces a panel discussion with leading commentators and professors who marry their faith into the public sphere.

The purpose of this project is to provide a forum in which seminarians, past and present, can bring into the sphere of public discourse the perspective provided by this filter by which we see the world. How does our faith provide a lens for which to understand and engage in public discourse?

On Thursday evening, Seminarians for Public Discourse will be launching this project by hosting several speakers who will shed light on how they understand public discourse and public theology. There will be a panel discussion between peoples of various backgrounds in the evangelical faith spectrum, as well as in the political spectrum. A Q&A session with the audience will follow.

Speakers include Jim Wallis, Scott Waller, and Vanguard University professor of political science, Dr. Darren Patrick Guerra.

Jim Wallis is an author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He is also president and CEO of Sojourners. He recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and currently serves as the vice chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. His latest book is Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery. His two previous books, The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post–Religious Right America and God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It were both New York Times bestsellers.

Scott Waller is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Biola University. He teaches classes in American Government, Constitutional Law, Political Theory, and a series of classes on the relationship between religion and the public order. Scott is also a regular guest on the “Intersection of Faith and Reason” show hosted by Frank Pastore and broadcast throughout southern California on KKLA. Topics discussed include the role of evangelicals in the American political culture, the current electoral cycle, and church-state relations.

Darren Patrick Guerra is Professor of Political Science at Vanguard University in the Department of History & Political Science. His scholarly focus is American Politics and he teaches classes on American political institutions such as Congress and the Presidency as well as courses on Constitutional Law, Immigration History/Policy, and other topics in American politics. He has a forthcoming book, entitled Perfecting the Constitution: The Case for Article V and Formal Amendment is due out soon from Lexington Press.

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