James K.A. Smith, the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview at Calvin College, engages with Confident Pluralism in his recent Bavinck Lecture, “Reforming Public Theology: Neocalvinism and Pluralism.”
This is a guest post by Liz McCloskey, a Danforth Visiting Scholar at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University. With support from the Templeton Foundation and Washington University, Liz is working on a collection of spiritual narratives drawn from the United States Senate called “Profiles in Spirit.” Primarily through in-depth interviews, she is seeking, finding, and shining a light on the virtue of humility in a dozen selected public servants across differences of party, gender, race, ethnicity and religion.
Kevin den Dulk, the Paul B. Henry Chair in Political Science at Calvin College, has a thoughtful review of Confident Pluralism in Comment. One of Professor den Dulk’s main critiques is that I haven’t offered a sufficient theory for why people in this country ought to embrace confident pluralism. He argues that “we cannot assume that our legal and cultural history is a seedbed for confident pluralism.” He might be right—there is certainly a contingency to and an uncertainty about the possibility of confident pluralism. But I don’t think the book is without any underlying theory. To the contrary, I hope that what I’ve done is shown a kind of theory in practice.
I enjoyed talking about Confident Pluralism this week on the Phil Vischer podcast. Here’s Phil’s musical take on the book (complete with a cameo from one of my kids).
This is a guest post by Ken Stern, the President and co-founder of Palisades Media and the former CEO of NPR. Ken is the author of With Charity For All (Doubleday, 2013) and of a forthcoming book on political polarization in this country, tentatively entitled “Republican Like Me” (HarperCollins, 2017).
This is a guest post by Anne Snyder, director of The Philanthropy Roundtable’s new “Character Initiative,” which seeks to guide and build a critical mass of philanthropists committed to character formation in our time. Anne has spent the last two and a half years as a writer studying the intersections of social class, immigrants, and religion. You can find more of her published work at www.annesnyder.org.
This is a guest post by Michael Wear, author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America, which will be published in January 2017. Michael is the Founder of Public Square Strategies LLC.
How should Christians in the United States bear witness in an anxious age? We start by understanding the context in which we live. That begins by understanding the context from which we have come and the ways in which that context has contributed to some of our current anxieties. You can read my article with Tim Keller here.