Speaking

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This isn’t me, but I can totally pull this look off when I speak.

Is America a Christian nation? Is America exceptional? Does patriotism diminish or augment spirituality? How did Americans come to think of themselves as being special? Do all nations think of themselves as exceptional, or just Americans? What role does war have in the making of American identity? How has Christianity influenced politics in America? How can religious people publicly engage people of other faith commitments in a responsible way that is consistent with their own faith commitments? How has religious freedom been understood in America, and how was religious freedom defined by the founders?

These–and others like it–are all important questions, as they are timeless. These issues are not pertinent to our cultural context alone, but have been addressed by generations of Americans. Is your church, school, university, civic organization, or community group looking for a robust discussion of these issues? I would be honored to speak and help lead such a discussion and we can look for ways in which the study of faith and history can lead us toward unity and flourishing.

You may contact me at johndwilsey@gmail.com. See my speaking schedule below to get an idea of the kinds of topics I address:

Also, download a copy of IVP’s Press Kit for American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion

Press Kit

September 29, 2016
Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
“How to Read Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America
Grand Rapids, Michigan

July 21, 2016
Society for Values in Higher Education
Laudato Si’ and American Exceptionalist Views of the Land
Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio

June 9, 2016
Christian Scholars’ Conference
“Come Roam With Me Columbia’s Forests Through”: American Exceptionalism and the Environment
Lipscombe University, Nashville, Tennessee

 

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