Fourth Biennial Symposium
on Religion and Politics




The Henry Institute
Calvin College


April 24-26, 2008




Program Schedule


Thursday, April 24


Thursday, April 24                                             5:00 – 6:30 p.m.  
Welcome and Light Buffet

Location: Blue Spruce/Elm

Thursday, April 24                                             7:15 – 9:00 p.m.
Panel 1A:   Religion and Contemporary American Politics
Location:        White Pine
Chair:             Neil Carlson, Calvin College

Competing Frameworks: The American Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Media, and the Politics of Immigration
Todd Scribner, The Catholic University of America,

Faithful Citizenship, 2004-2008: U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Evolving Engagement with American Politics
Steven Millies, University of South Carolina Aiken,

Evangelicals in the Iowa Caucuses: Issue Voting and the Iraq War
Kimberly Conger, Iowa State University,

                        Discussant: Neil Carlson, Calvin College,

Panel 1B:   Religion and the Politics of Human Rights

Location:        Hickory
Chair:             Amy Edmonds, Baylor University

The Lullaby of Argus Panoptes: Toward a Conversation on Cosmology in Universal Human Rights
Rob Joustra, Redeemer University College,

Church-State Ties and Democratization: Catholic Human Rights Advocacy during Latin American Civil Wars
Nick Rowell, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque,

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Rhetorical War on Human Rights Violation
Amanada Stek, Calvin College,

                        Discussant: Amy Edmonds, Baylor University,

Panel 1C:   Philosophical Reflections on Religion and Public Life
Location:        Maple
Chair:             Gordon Babst, Chapman University

Resentment and Transcendence                                              
Nathan Colborne, Nipissing University,

The Popular English Reformation                                           
Tim Perenich, Andrews University Theological Seminary,

Dimensions to Understanding ‘Natural Law’ in the Writings of Thomas Aquinas
Weiwei (Daisy) Zhang, Tsinghua University, Beijing,

                        Discussant: Gordon Babst, Chapman University,

Thursday, April 24                                            9:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Location: Fireside Room


Friday, April 25

Friday, April 25                                                            8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Panel 2A:  Religion and Civic Engagement      
Location:        Willow East
Chair:             Chris McHorney, California Baptist University

Powerful Benevolence: Reflections on Religious Humanitarian Aid and its Consensus with the State
Amanda Napoli, Baylor University,

The Impact of Church-based Politicized Social Capital on Black Political Activism
R. Khari Brown, Wayne State University,

Faith as a Political Resource: Investigating Congregational Motivations for Engagement in Faith-based Community Organizing
Kristin Geraty, Indiana University,

           Discussant: Chris McHorney, California Baptist Univ.,

Panel 2B:   Religion and the Perception of Others
Location:        Willow West
Chair:             Joel Westra, Calvin College

Islam: The Other World on the Fringe of Fear
Galip Beygu Isen and Ozge Ozyilmas, Istanbul Bilgi University,

Evil or “Evil”?  Morality, Threat and American Foreign Policy
Mary Manjikian, Regent University,

Discussant: Joel Westra, Calvin College,

Panel 2C:   An Agenda for Evangelical Political Thought
Location:        Hickory
Chair:             Paul Brink, Gordon College

            Jesse Covington, Westmont College,
            Bryan McGraw, Emory University (beginning Fall 2008; Wheaton College),
            Micah Watson, Union University,

                        Discussant: Paul Brink, Gordon College,

Friday, April 25                                                 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Refreshment Break           

Location: Fireside Room

Friday, April 25                                                 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Panel 3A:   Clergy and Contemporary American Politics
Location:        Willow East
Chair:             Christine Brickman, Catholic University of America

Political and Social Action among American Clergy: A Study of Twenty American Christian Denominations
James Guth, Furman University,

Lutherans in the 21st Century: Theology, Politics, and Worship Practice
Jeff Walz, Concordia University Wisconsin,

Faith and Politics: Political Engagement among Pastors in Wilmington, Delaware
Brian Coleman, and Ram Cnaan,, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Discussant:: Christine Brickman, Catholic Univ. of America,

Panel 3B:  Democratic Life and the Incorporation of “Minority” Religious Groups
Location:        Blue Spruce
Chair:             Bert de Vries, Calvin College

Hamas’s Incentives: Violent & Religious Markets in Gaza
Amy Underkofler, University of Washington,

Embracing a Common Destiny: Toward a One-State Solution in Israel-Palestine”
Phil Jackson, Calvin College,

Christian Responsibility for International Peace: A Case Study of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon
Kristine Tuinstra, Calvin College,

                        Discussant: Bert de Vries, Calvin College,

Panel 3C:   Author Meets “Critics”: Discussion of Theology, Political
                    Theory, and Pluralism by Kristen Deede Johnson (Cambridge)
Location:        Hickory
Chair:             Jonathan Chaplin, Kirby Lang Institute for Christian Ethics

Paul Brink, Gordon College,

Jonathan Chaplin, Kirby Lang Institute for Christian Ethics,                       

Chris Miller, Institute for Christian Studies,

Kristen Deede Johnson, Hope College,

Friday, April 25                                                 12:45p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Location:  White Pine/Maple

Friday, April 25                                                 2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Panel 4A:   Issues Related to Church and State in the American Setting
Location:        Willow East
Chair:             Kathryn Lee, Eastern University

A Holy Secular Institution
Perry Dane, Rutgers University School of Law—Camden,

Federalism, Church-State Relations, and the Significance of State Blaine Amendments
David Ryden, Hope College,

Religiosity and Tolerance in the Public Square: Attitudes toward the Relationship of Church and State in the United States
Traci L. Nelson, University of Pittsburgh,

                        Discussant: Kathryn Lee, Eastern University,

Panel 4B:   Religion, Economic Life, and Political Development
Location:        Willow West
Chair:             Kurt Schaefer, Calvin College

 Max Weber and Islam: The Paradox of Economic Development in Islamic Societies
Ayman Reda, Grand Valley State University,

Religion and Life Satisfaction among Nations
Lauren Deschamps, University of Notre Dam,

Public Religion and Its Application in China
Yinghua Liu, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley,

                        Discussant: Kurt Schaefer, Calvin College,

Panel 4C: Religion, Authority, and Tolerance 
Location:        Hickory
Chair:             J. Daryl Charles, Princeton University

The Dawn of the Age of Toleration: Samuel Pufendorf and the Road Not Taken
Nicholas Miller, Andrews University Seminary,

On the Legal Toleration of Belief and Behavior                     
Kyle Swan, National University of Singapore,

Understanding Authority: Exploring its Relationship to Power and Office
David Koyzis, Redeemer University College,

            Discussant: J. Daryl Charles, Princeton University,

Panel 4D:   Religion and Public Policy
Location:        Blue Spruce
Chair:             Paul Cornish, Grand Valley State University

The Common Good and Education Policy in a Religiously Pluralist Society
Sarah Vester, Calvin College,

And Who is My Neighbor? Religion and Attitudes toward Immigration Policy
Benjamin Knoll, University of Iowa,

The Public Value of Religion
Craig Engelhardt, Baylor University,

                        Discussant: Paul Cornish, Grand Valley State University,

Friday, April 25                                                  3:45p.m. – 4:15 p.m.                                
Refreshment Break       
Location: Fireside Room

Friday, April 25                                                  4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Panel 5A:   Religion and American Political Institutions
Location:        Willow East
Chair:             Jim Guth, Furman University

Religious Adherence and Equality in American Political Representation
Kasey Swanke, University of Notre Dame,

The Role of the Solicitor General in Church-State Cases within the Clinton and Bush Administrations: A Case Study Supporting the Politicization of the Solicitor General
Andrew Lewis, American University,

Religiosity and Government Corruption in the American States
Pat Flavin,, and Richard Ledet,, University of Notre Dame                     

                        Discussant: Jim Guth, Furman University,

Panel 5B:   Religion and Politics in Latin America
Location:        Willow West
Chair:             Amy Patterson, Calvin College

The Dissident Cross: Catholicism and Political Confrontation in Cuba
Robert A. Portada, University of Notre Dame,

Protestantism and Radicalism in Mexico from the 1860s to the 1930s
Daniel Miller, Calvin College,
One Church, Two Paths: Explaining the Divergent Responses of the Chilean and Argentine Churches to Military Repression
Amy Edmonds, Baylor University,

          Discussant: Amy Patterson, Calvin College,

Panel 5C:   Religion and Social Issues
Location:        Hickory
Chair:             Steven Millies, University of South Carolina Aiken

The Social Teaching of Benedict XVI
Michael Coulter, Grove City College,

Buyer Beware: Alexis de Tocqueville’s Warning and Consumer Culture
Brandon Wentworth, Auburn University,

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Political Truth and the Intimate Consequences of American Murder and Capital Punishment
James D. Slack, University of Alabama at Birmingham,

          Discussant: Steven Millies, Univ. of South Carolina Aiken

Panel 5D:   Islam and Democratic Life in the West
Location:        Blue Spruce
Chair:             Tracy Kuperus, Calvin College

The Politicization of Religion in the West: Assessing the Effects of Policy Legacies and Government Construction on European Islam
Kathryn Gardner, University of Notre Dame,

Israel, the Arabs, and the Middle East in Presidential Memory: Carter in Comparative Perspective
D. Jason Berggren, University of Georgia,

Discussant: Tracy Kuperus, Calvin College,

Friday, April 25                                                  6:15 – 7:45 p.m.
Location: White Pine/Maple


Saturday, April 26

Saturday, April 26                                    8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Panel 6A:   Religion and the American Civil Rights Movement
Location:        Willow East
Chair:             Doug Koopman, Calvin College

Identification and Prophetic Rage: Leadership in the Civil Rights Movement
James M. Patterson, University of Virginia,

The Jericho Road and the Beloved Community: The Radical Vision of James Lawson
 Stephen Shaw, Northwest Nazarene University,
             Discussant: Doug Koopman, Calvin College,

Panel 6B: Religion and Politics in Orthodox Settings
Location:        Willow West
Chair:             Vyacheslav Karpov, Western Michigan University

Russian Orthodoxy under Putin: ‘Managed Democracy’ and the New Symphonia
John Anderson, University of St. Andrews, Scotland,

Religious Affiliation and Its Implications for Political Orientations in Romania
Claudiu Herteliu, Alexandru Isaic-Maniu, and Bogdan Vasile Ileanu, University of Economics, Bucharest, Romania,

Discussant: Vyacheslav Karpov, Western Michigan University,

Panel 6C:   Philosophical Reflections on Religion and Politics
Location:        Hickory
Chair:             Murray Jardine, Auburn University

Is “Religion” a Good Idea?                                         
Gary Glenn, Northern Illinois University,

The Theological-Political Problem: An Arendtian Response   
Gordon Babst, Chapman University,

                        Discussant: Murray Jardine, Auburn University,

Saturday, April 26                                              10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break       
Location: Fireside Room

Saturday, April 26                                              10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Panel 7A: Evangelicals and American Politics 
Location:        Willow East
Chair:             Kim Conger, Iowa State University

From William Jennings Bryan to Jerry Falwell: The Evangelical Discovery of Conservatism
Christine Brickman, The Catholic University of America,

Are Evangelicals an Ethnic Group?
Ron Stockton, University of Michigan-Dearborn,

The Religion of Fear: The Politics of Fright in Conservative Evangelicalism
Jason C. Bivins, North Carolina State University,

Discussant: Kim Conger, Iowa State University,

Panel 7B:   Religion and Politics in the United States
Location:        Willow West
Chair:             Andrew Schlewitz, Albion College

            Religious Identity and Political Participation in the Mennonite Church USA
            Kyle Kopko, Ohio State University,

           Explaining Citizen Support for Teaching Creationism in Public Schools
           John Clark, Western Michigan University,

Race, Faith, and the ‘New’ Republican Party
Kenya Davis-Hayes, California Baptist University,

                        Discussant: Andrew Schlewitz, Albion College,

Panel 7C: Religion and Democractic Theory
Chair:             Matthew Mendham, University of Notre Dame

The Virtue of Obedience and the Civil Conversation in Aquinas: Some Convergence with the Contemporary Trends in Democratic Theory
Paul Cornish, Grand Valley State University,

Real Reasons for Publicizing Religion
Louis Benjamin Rolsky, Claremont School of Theology,

At a Distance to the State: Radical Democracy and Religion  
Geoffrey Holsclaw, Marquette University,

                        Discussant Matthew Mendham, Univ. of Notre Dame,

Saturday, April 26                                              12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location:  White Pine/Maple

Saturday, April 26                                              1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Panel 8A:  Religion and Political Issues in Historical Perspective
Location:        Willow East
Chair:             Jason Duncan, Aquinas College

The New England Society for the Suppression of Vice and Late Nineteenth-Century Moral Reform
Paul C. Kemeny, Grove City College,

The Irony of Methodist Conflict: Northern Methodists and the Civil War
Douglas Montagna, Grand Valley State University,

Discussant: Jason Duncan, Aquinas College,

Panel 8B:   Religion and Civic Responsibility
Location:        Willow West
Chair:             Corwin Smidt, Calvin College

A Report on the Findings of:
Pews, Prayers, and Participation: Religion and Civic Responsibility in America       
            Corwin Smidt, Calvin College,
            James Penning, Calvin College,
            Kevin den Dulk, Grand Valley State University,

Saturday,  April 26                                             3:00 p.m.
Closing Refreshment Break
Location: Fireside Room


For Saturday Overnight Guests (Optional Activities)
Visit to Ford Presidential Museum
Dinner Downtown

Copies of papers presented at the Symposium are available in the Library of the Prince Conference Center during the Symposium.