Sixth Biennial
Symposium on Religion and Politics
The Henry Institute, Calvin College
April 28-30, 2011

All events are scheduled at the Prince Conference Center


Thursday, April 28                                     7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location:  Fireside Room


Friday, April 29


Friday, April 29                                                        8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Panel 1A:     Religion in Early Political Thought
Location:      Board Room

Chair:        Carl Dibble, University of Michigan-Dearborn

“Justice and Mercy in Seventeenth Century Theology and Political Thought”

            Alex Tuckness, Iowa State University,

            John Parrish, Loyola Marymount University


“Recovering a Pluralist Politics: The Politics of Rights in Early Modern Political Theory”

            Paul Brink, Gordon College



“Jewish Joachimism: A Study of History, Politics, Apocalypticism and Isaac Abarbanel

            Benzion N. Chinn, Ohio State University


Discussant:  Carl Dibble, University of Michigan-Dearborn


 Panel 1B:     Religion and American Foreign Policy

Location:      Hickory Room

Chair:        David J. Meyer, Regent University

“The Politics of Premillennialism in the Presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush”

            Nilay Saiya, University of Notre Dame



“Divine Direction: The Influence of Providential Religious Beliefs on Foreign Policy Attitudes”

            Rebecca Glazier, University of Arkansas-Little Rock



Discussant:  David J. Meyer, Regent University


Friday, April 29                                                         10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

            Refreshment Break

            Location: Fireside Room


Friday, April 29                                                         11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.


Panel 2A:     Religion and Public Life
Location:      Blue Spruce Room

Chair:         Joseph Hartman, Georgetown University


“Augustinian Thomism and Agonistic Democracy”

            Daniel Edward Young, Northwestern College


“The Word Made Flesh and the City Built with Human Hands: An Analysis of the Early Church’s Approach to Political Life”

            Adam Nicholson, The Catholic University of America


Discussant:    Joseph Hartman, Georgetown University


Panel 2B:      Religion in International Relations
Location:       Hickory Room 

Chair:          Steve Lichty, University of Florida

"Law and Loyalty: How Differences in Dominant Cultural Paradigms Impact US-Russian Relations"

Andrey Shirin, John Leland Center for Theological Studies



Political Imagination: The Sacred and the Profane in the Rise and Fall of Great Powers”

              Joshua Su-Ya Wu, Ohio State University


Discussant:     Steve Lichty, University of Florida


Panel 2C:      Religion and Public Opinion
Location:       Elm Room

Chair:          Rebecca Glazier, University of Arkansas Little Rock


            “Citizen Perceptions of Barack Obama’s Religious Affiliation”

                        John Clark, Western Michigan University


“Religiosity and Public Opinion toward Cultural Issues in the 21st Century”

                        Kenneth Mulligan, Southern Illinois University,
                        Tobin Grant, Southern Illinois University
                        Dennis Bennett, Southern Illinois University

“Religiosity as a Determinant of Political Knowledge”

            Jacob Lupfer, Georgetown University


Discussant:    Rebecca Glazier, University of Arkansas Little Rock



Friday, April 29                                                         12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


            Location:  Great Hall West


Friday, April 29                                                         2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.


Panel 3A:     Religion and Political Philosophy     
Location:      Board Room

Chair:         Alex Tuckness, Iowa State University


“How to Ground the Duty to Obey the Law”

            Jonathan Fuqua, Baylor University & University of Missouri St. Louis



“Max Weber and the Dynamic of Authority and Power”

            David Koyzis, Redeemer University College



“Jonathan Edwards, A Philosophical Defense of the Fall, and Lessons for Modern Political Life”

                        Jim Schelberg, Washington College,
                        Joseph Prud’homme, Washington College,

Discussant:   Alex Tuckness, Iowa State University


Panel 3B:      Religion, Institutional Structures, and Moral Values
Location:       President’s Dining Room
Chair:          Douglas Koopman, Calvin College

             “Contesting Values and Searching for “Rules” in the Anglican Crisis”

                        John Anderson, University of St. Andrews


“Crisis at the White House: The Declining Moral Authority of the American Presidency”

                        Frank Kessler, Benedictine College,
                        Monica McCambridge, Benedictine College

“An American Marriage: Mormons, Polygamy, and Federalism”

                        Lee Trepanier, Saginaw Valley State University,
                        Lynita Newswander, University of South Dakota

Discussant:    Douglas Koopman, Calvin College


Panel 3C:     Religion, Civic Life, and Politics              
Location:       Hickory Room
Chair:         Stephen Monsma, Calvin College


“In Word and Deed: How U.S. Evangelical Transnational NGOs Frame Their Missions”

            Chan Woong Shin, Syracuse University



“Church Nonprofits Confront Government Regulations: John Mason and Early Efforts to Work with the Welfare State to Construct Housing for the Elderly”

            Leslie Weber, Jr., ELCA Church in Society (retired)



“God Is….: Young Evangelicals Search for Meaning in a Secular World”

            Adriane Bilous, Fordham University


Discussant:    Stephen Monsma, Calvin College


Friday, April 29                                                         3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

            Refreshment Break

            Location: Fireside Room

Friday, April 29                                                         4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us

David Campbell, University of Notre Dame


 Friday, April 29                                                         6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.


            Location:  Great Hall West


Saturday, April 30

Saturday, April 30                                                       8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


Panel 4A:     Religion and Modern Political Thought
Location:      Hickory Room

Chair:        William Stevenson, Calvin College


“The Impasse in American Theology and How We Can Begin to Get Beyond It: Gary Dorrien, Stanley Hauerwas, Rowan Williams, and Sovereignty”       

            David Horstkoetter, Marquette University



“Gnosticism, Millenarianism, and the Nature of Modernity: A Reassessment of Eric Voegelin’s Political Theory”

            Murray Jardine, Auburn University



“Skinner’s Age of Reformation and the Medieval Legacy in ‘Modern’ Political Thought”

            Joshua Bowman, The Catholic University of America


Discussant:    William Stevenson, Calvin College


Panel 4B:      Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective
Location:       White Pine Room

Chair:         Corwin Smidt, Calvin College


“Between Pulpit and Pew: Religious Influence on Political Belief and Behavior in Kenya”

            Steve Lichty, University of Florida


“The Comparative Study of Evangelicals and Politics in Anglo-American Countries”

            Jonathan Malloy, Carleton University


“Quantitative Analysis of the Religious Elements and their Influences on Electoral Preferences: A Case Study of Romania”

                        Bogdan Ileanu, Romanian Academy of Economic Studies,
                        Claudiu Herteliu, Romanian Academy of Economic Studies
                        Tudorel Andrei, Romanian Academy of Economic Studies
                        Alexandru Isaic-Maniu, Romanian Academy of Economic Studies

Discussant:     Corwin Smidt, Calvin College


Panel 4C:      Religion and Politics in the United States
Location:       Maple Room

Chair:          Kevin denDulk, Grand Valley State University


“The Influence of Religious Leaders on the Political Behavior of Latino Churchgoers: Evidence from the Chicago Latino Congregations Study”

            Jessica Hamar Martinez, University of Arizona,

                        Edwin I. Hernandez, University of Notre Dame,


“Useful Cues: The Effect of Candidate Religiosity on Vote Choice”

                        Jeremiah J. Castle, University of Notre Dame

“The Palin Effect: Examining Evangelical Christians’ Support for Women Candidates”

                        Gayle Alberda, Wayne State University,
                        Jennie Sweet-Cushman, Wayne State University,

Discussant:    Kevin denDulk, Grand Valley State University


Saturday, April 25                                                       10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

     Refreshment Break

Location: Fireside Room


Saturday, April 30                                                       10:45 a.m – 12:30 p.m.


Panel 5A:      Religion, Institutional Structures, and Politics

Location:        Presidents Dining Room

Chair:          Leslie Weber, Jr., ELCA Church in Society (retired)


 “Can Institutions Save Us?  Alexis de Tocqueville, Reinhold Niebuhr and the Problem of Anxiety”

            Joseph Hartman, Georgetown University


            “The Teaching of Religion in Russian Schools”
                        David Meyer, Regent University,
                        Brett Lonadier, Regent University

Discussant:      Leslie Weber, Jr., ELCA Church in Society (retired)

 Panel 5B:     Religion and Politics in South Africa
Location:      Board Room
Chair:         Steve Lichty, University of Florida


“Faith and Politics in South Africa: Should Christians Participate in Politics?”

            Leepo Modise, University of South Africa



“The Christian Politician? An Investigation into the Theological Grounding for Christians’ Participation in Politics”

                        B.B. Tumi Senokoane, University of South Africa,

                        Rothney Tshaka, University of South Africa,

“Diminished or Diverse? An Examination of the Political Voice of Churches in Democratic South Africa”

Tracy Kuperus, Calvin College


Discussant:     Steve Lichty, University of Florida

Panel 5C:      Religion and Civic Life
Location:        Hickory Room

Chair:          Jennie Sweet Cushman, Wayne State University


“Religion and Charitable Financial Giving to Religious and Secular Causes: Does Political Ideology Matter?”

                        Brandon Vaidynathan, University of Notre Dame,
                        Jonathan P. Hill, Calvin College,

“The Role of Religion in Fostering and Sustaining Civic Engagement”

                        Corwin Smidt, Calvin College,

“The Role of Religion in Fostering Political Tolerance”

      Kevin denDulk, Grand Valley State University,


Discussant:     Jennie Sweet Cushman, Wayne State University

Saturday, April 30                                                       12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

     Concluding Lunch                                                         

     Location:  Great Hall East