Fifth Biennial Symposium

on Religion and Politics



 The Henry Institute at Calvin College

April 23-25, 2009

Program Schedule



Thursday, April 23


Thursday, April 23                                                                         7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

            Location:  Prince Conference Center Lobby



Friday, April 24



Friday, April 24                                                                               8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Panel 1A:  Initial Results of the 2009 Religion and Politics Clergy Survey

Location:  Willow East

Chair:         James Penning, Calvin College          


Technical Details of the Survey

                                Neil Carlson, Calvin College, Center for Social Research



Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Jeff Walz, Concordia University – Wisconsin

Steve Montreal, Concordia University – Wisconsin


Disciples of Christ

Corwin Smidt, Paul B. Henry Institute at Calvin College


Christian Reformed Church

Jim Penning, Calvin College

Amanda Stek, Calvin College, Center for Social Research



Panel 1B:  Theological Reflections on Politics
Location:  Hickory Room

Chair:         James Slack, University of Alabama at Birmingham


The Political Life, Influence, and Philosophy of Theologian James Luther Adams

Jared A. Farley, Ohio University – Zanesville or


God Love You: Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Religious Pluralism, and the American Political Foundation

   against Communism

James M. Patterson, University of Virginia


Evangelical Synthesis: Carl F. H. Henry and John R. W. Stott on Church and State

Nicholas Pruitt, Baylor University



Panel 1C:  Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective

Location:  Willow West

Chair:        Robert DeVries, Calvin College


Christendom and Civil Society in Russia Since 1990

                                Stephen Hoffmann, Taylor University



Northern Irish Catholic Dissenters

Roger Schlosser, Grand Rapids Community College



Friday, April 24                                                                              10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

            Refreshment Break

            Location: Fireside Room



Friday, April 24                                                                              11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Panel 2A:  Society, Civil Rights and Gay Marriage
Location:  Willow East

Chair:         James Patterson, University of Virginia


Natural Law, Gay Rights, and Religious Liberty

Gary Wood, Andrews University


Society, Civil Morality, and Gay Marriage: What About the Kids?

Nicholas Miller, Andrews University


Something Old, Something New: The Intersection of Civil Morality, Religion, and Gay Marriage in America

Jason Hines, Andrews University




Panel 2B:  Religious Groups in Public Life

Location: Hickory Room

Chair:       Jeff D. Tatum, Calvin College


Religious Groups in a Free Society

Kevin Pybas, Missouri State University


Fighting for God and/or Country?  Religious Identification and Beliefs in the U.S. Military

Lyman Smith, University of Florida

Charlotte E. Hunter, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute


Is the U.S. Constitution “godless” or God-blessed?  The Textual Evidence

Carl M. Dibble, University of Michigan – Dearborn



Panel 2C:  Islam and Contemporary Politics I
Location:  Willow West

Chair:         Naveed S. Sheikh, Keele University (UK)


State and Muslims in France: Secularism, Islamophobia, and the Headscarf Ban

Ramazan Kilinc, Michigan State University


“Islamo-fascism” as an Ideological Discourse

Scott Hibbard, DePaul University



Friday, April 24                                                                              12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


            Location:  White Pine / Maple



Friday, April 24                                                                                2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Panel 3A:  Religion and American Partisan Politics                       
Location:  Willow East

Chair:         John Clark, Western Michigan University


The Effect of Religion on Presidential Primary Voting in the 2008 Election

                Leigh Bradberry, University of California, San Diego



The Changing Religiosity of the Democratic Party

Napp Nazworth, University of Georgia


Jeering Jesus? Religion and Progressive Rhetoric, 1977-2000

Andrew L. Pieper, Kennesaw State University



Panel 3B:  Philosophical Reflections on Religion and Public Life

Location:  Hickory Room

Chair:         James K. A. Smith, Calvin College


Hegel, Augustine, and the Limits of Sittlickheit

Geoffrey Holsclaw, Marquette University


Christian Thought and Political Violence: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Dilemma with Violence

Stephen Millies, University of South Carolina, Aiken

James D. Slack, University of Alabama at Birmingham



Panel 3C:  Islam and Contemporary Politics II
Location:  Willow West

Chair:         Scott Hibbard, DePaul University


Breaking Away to Fight Another Day: Religious Fractionalization in Intrastate Conflict Parties

Jennifer G. Raymond, Georgetown University


The Religious Ethics of Al-Qa’ida: Towards a Theory of Islamist Exceptionalism

                Naveed S. Sheikh, Keele University (UK)



Imagination and Exploration in Church and State Relations: Rowan Williams, Sharia, Social Space,

   Christianity and America

David Horstkoetter, Marquette University



Friday, April 24                                                                              3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

            Refreshment Break

            Location: Fireside Room



Panel 4A: Institutional Effects of Religion on Politics      4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location:  Willow East

Chair:         Kevin Dougherty, Baylor University


The Emerging of House Church in Transitional China: Political Origin and Culture Dynamics

Zhifeng Zhong, Baylor University


Rethinking Religious Markets: Individual Level Analysis

Joshua Bandoch, University of Notre Dame

Joseph Nawrocki, University of Notre Dame

Kevin B. Meme, University of Notre Dame


Does Size Matter? Measuring the Effects of Congregational Size on the Political Relevance of Churches

Richard Ledet, University of Notre Dame

Kasey Swanke, University of Notre Dame



Panel 4B:  Liberalism, Religion, and Politics
Location:  Hickory Room

Chair:        David A. Hoekema, Calvin College


Beyond Secular Liberalism, Theological Traditionalism, and Incomplete Pragmatism

Thomas J. Bridges, Marquette University


Sacrifice in a Secular Society

Eric Bain-Selbo, Western Kentucky University


Whig Calvinism? A Critical Response to Wolterstorff’s Justice

James K. A. Smith, Calvin College



Panel 4C: The De-secularization of Russia: Patterns, Contradictions and Conflicts
Location:  Willow West

Chair:         Stephen Hoffman, Taylor University


The Patterns and Contradictions of Russia’s Desecularization

Vyacheslav Karpov, Western Michigan University

Elena Lisovskaya, Western Michigan University


Orthodoxy, Islam and the Desecularization of Russian Public Schools

Elena Lisovskaya, Western Michigan University

Vyacheslav Karpov, Western Michigan University


The Fusion of Religious and Ethnic Identities in Desecularizing Russia

Vyacheslav Karpov, Western Michigan University

Elena Lisovskaya, Western Michigan University

David M. Barry, Western Michigan University



Friday, April 24                                                                              6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.


            Location:  White Pine / Maple



Friday, April 24                                                                              8:00 p.m.

Gatherings of Hope: Studying Clergy and Congregations in a Local Community

            Location:  Oak Room



Saturday, April 25



Saturday, April 25                                                                         8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Panel 5A:  Religion, Spirituality, and Altruism

Location:  Hickory Room

Chair:       Mark Mulder, Calvin College


Religious, Spiritual, and Societal Forces of Altruism: Sorokin’s Theory and Contemporary Evidence

Yevgeniya Leont’yeva, Western Michigan University


Vyacheslav Karpov, Western Michigan University


Religiosity, Spirituality, and Altruism in the United States: Findings from Survey Research

Vyacheslav Karpov, Western Michigan University

Yevgeniya Leont’yeva, Western Michigan University




Panel 5B:  Religion, Civic Engagement, and Political Participation
Location:  Willow West

Chair:         Napp Nazworth, University of Georgia


Sidelined by Religion? Community Involvement and Political Participation of U.S. Pentecostals

Kevin D. Dougherty, Baylor University

Fred J. DeJong, Grand Valley State University

Rebecca L. Garofano, Calvin College

Jessika I. Jamir, Calvin College

Natalie J. Park, Calvin College

Rebecca J. Timmermans, Calvin College


A Matter of Faith: Christian Participation in Social Movements 

Jeremy Castle, Hanover College



Saturday, April 25                                                                         10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

            Refreshment Break                                 

Location: Fireside Room



Saturday, April 25                                                                         10:30 a.m – 12:15 p.m.

Panel 6A:  Religion and Contemporary American Politics

Location:  Willow East

Chair:         Eric Bain-Selbo, Western Kentucky University


First Freedom or Politics: An Exploratory Analysis of The First Freedom Project

Jennifer E. Walsh, Azusa Pacific University


Evangelicalism, Public Policy, and the Hope for Racial Reconciliation: Opportunities and Obstacles

David K. Ryden, Hope College


The Rhetoric and Religion of Empire

Megan Marie, Calvin College



Panel 6B:  Religion and Political History
Location: Hickory Room

Chair:       Bill Stevenson, Calvin College


The Squires of St. George: Mainline and Evangelical Support for George McGovern in 1972

Mark A. Lempke, University of Buffalo


The Great Depression as Moral Failure: Presbyterian Industrialists and a Religious Rationale for

   Opposing the New Deal

Tyler Flynn, Eastern University


Christians, Seventh-Day Adventists and Nazis: Not Necessarily Antagonists

J. Harold Alomía, Andrews University




Panel 6C:  Religion and the AIDS Crisis
Location:  Willow West

Chair:        Dianne Slager, Calvin College


The AIDS Evangelists: The Global Activism of U.S. Evangelicals and the Transformation of HIV/AIDS

Chan Woong Shin, Syracuse University


Church Partnerships: An Essential Approach Towards Fighting HIV/AIDS in Ghana

Becky Bouman, Calvin College


Addressing HIV/AIDS Stigma Through the Pentecostal Church in Ghana

Katie Sytsema, Calvin College



Saturday, April 25                                                                         12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


            Location:  White Pine / Maple



Saturday, April 25                                                                         1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Panel 7A: Religion and the 2008 Presidential Election

Location:  Willow East

Chair:         Corwin Smidt, Calvin College


Religion and the 2008 Presidential Primaries

                Douglas Koopman



Religion and the 2008 Fall Campaign

Corwin Smidt, Calvin College



Religion and the 2008 Vote

James Penning, Calvin College




Panel 7B: Religion, Policy Making, and Public Programs

Location:  Hickory Room

Chair:        Janel Curry, Calvin College


The Influence of Faith on Theories of Change and Outcome Measures in Religious

   Human Service Programs

Beryl Hugen, Calvin College


Linking Policy Making and Spiritual Capital: A Survey of Legislators’ Perspectives

Alain Noghiu, University of Delaware

Tibor Toth, University of Delaware

Ismael Velasco, European Union Indicators