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.
            Reception
           
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,tuckness@iastate.edu

            John Parrish, Loyola Marymount University

 

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

            Paul Brink, Gordon College

                        Paul.Brink@gordon.edu

 

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

            Benzion N. Chinn, Ohio State University

                        Chinn.26@osu.edu

Discussant:  Carl Dibble, University of Michigan-Dearborn
cmdibble@comcast.net

 

 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

            nsaiya@nd.edu

 

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

            Rebecca Glazier, University of Arkansas-Little Rock

                        raglazier@ualr.edu

 

Discussant:  David J. Meyer, Regent University

                        djmeyer@regent.edu

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

                        young@nwciowa.edu

“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

                        acnicholson@gmail.com

Discussant:    Joseph Hartman, Georgetown University
             
JoeHman@comcast.net

 

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

            andrey.shirin@alum.ptsem.edu

 

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

              Joshua Su-Ya Wu, Ohio State University

                        Wu.639@osu.edu

Discussant:     Steve Lichty, University of Florida
              
stevelichty@gmail.com

 

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

                        john.clark@wmich.edu

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

                        Kenneth Mulligan, Southern Illinois University, kmulliga@siu.edu
                        Tobin Grant, Southern Illinois University
                        Dennis Bennett, Southern Illinois University

“Religiosity as a Determinant of Political Knowledge”

            Jacob Lupfer, Georgetown University

                        Jl644@georgetown.edu

Discussant:    Rebecca Glazier, University of Arkansas Little Rock

                           raglazier@ualr.edu

 

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

            Lunch

            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

            jonathanfuqua@yahoo.com

 

“Max Weber and the Dynamic of Authority and Power”

            David Koyzis, Redeemer University College

                        dkoyzis@redeemer.ca

 

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

                        Jim Schelberg, Washington College, jschelberg2@washcoll.edu
                        Joseph Prud’homme, Washington College,
jprudhomme2@washcoll.edu

Discussant:   Alex Tuckness, Iowa State University

                         tuckness@iastate.edu

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

                        jpa@st-andrews.ac.uk

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

                        Frank Kessler, Benedictine College, fkessler@benedictine.edu
                        Monica McCambridge, Benedictine College

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

                        Lee Trepanier, Saginaw Valley State University, ldtrepan@svsu.edu
                        Lynita Newswander, University of South Dakota

Discussant:    Douglas Koopman, Calvin College

              dkoopman@calvin.edu

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

            cshin@maxwell.syr.edu

 

“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)

                        l-jweber@sbcglobal.net

 

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

            Adriane Bilous, Fordham University

                        bilous@fordham.edu

Discussant:    Stephen Monsma, Calvin College

                           sm24@calvin.edu

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

dave_campbell@nd.edu

 

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

            Dinner

            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

            david.horstkoetter@marquette.edu

 

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

            Murray Jardine, Auburn University

                        jardimu@auburn.edu

 

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

            Joshua Bowman, The Catholic University of America

                        60bowman@cardinalmail.cua.edu

Discussant:    William Stevenson, Calvin College

              stew@calvin.edu

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

                        stevelichty@gmail.com

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

            Jonathan Malloy, Carleton University

                        jonathan_malloy@carleton.ca

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

                        Bogdan Ileanu, Romanian Academy of Economic Studies, ileanub@yahoo.com
                        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

                 smid@calvin.edu

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, jhamar@email.arizona.edu

                        Edwin I. Hernandez, University of Notre Dame, ehernan5@nd.edu

 

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

                        Jeremiah J. Castle, University of Notre Dame
                       
jcastle1@nd.edu

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

                        Gayle Alberda, Wayne State University, ap0490@wayne.edu
                        Jennie Sweet-Cushman, Wayne State University,
ec7077@wayne.edu

Discussant:    Kevin denDulk, Grand Valley State University

            dendulkk@gvsu.edu

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

                        JoeHman@comcast.net

            “The Teaching of Religion in Russian Schools”
                        David Meyer, Regent University, djmeyer@regent.edu
                        Brett Lonadier, Regent University

Discussant:      Leslie Weber, Jr., ELCA Church in Society (retired)
                         
l-jweber@sbcglobal.net

 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

            modislj@unisa.ac.za

 

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

                        B.B. Tumi Senokoane, University of South Africa, senokbb@unisa.ac.za

                        Rothney Tshaka, University of South Africa, tshakrs@unisa.ac.za

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

Tracy Kuperus, Calvin College

                        tlk5@calvin.edu

Discussant:     Steve Lichty, University of Florida
               
stevelichty@gmail.com

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, brvnathan@gmail.com
                        Jonathan P. Hill, Calvin College,
jonhill@calvin.edu

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

                        Corwin Smidt, Calvin College, smid@calvin.edu

“The Role of Religion in Fostering Political Tolerance”

      Kevin denDulk, Grand Valley State University, dendulkk@gvsu.edu

 

Discussant:     Jennie Sweet Cushman, Wayne State University
             
ec7077@wayne.edu

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

     Concluding Lunch                                                         

     Location:  Great Hall East