CPS Fellowship and business Meeting
Friday, August 31st at 6:30pm. Location TBA
Join Christians in Political Science members and friends for a time of fellowship, worship, and the organizational business meeting!
Our featured speaker this year is Todd Johnson, Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity. His talk is entitled, “Trends in Global Christianity and Religion impacting International Affairs.”
As always, a group will gather for dinner after the meeting.
CPS Panel on the work of PEter berger
Thursday, August 30th, 12:00-1:30pm. Location TBA
Faith and Politics in a Pluralist Age: The Scholarship of Peter Berger
Participants: Paul Brink (Gordon College), Jim Skillen (Center for Public Justice), Ruth Melkonian-Hoover
The recent passing of Peter Berger provides an opportunity for reflection for political scientists as much as for sociologists. Berger’s groundbreaking, often contrarian, contributions to social science, and to the study of religion and society more specifically, are well-known. Scholars in religion and politics will especially note Berger’s important critique of secularization theory and his subsequent work in sociology of religion. In his more recent work, Berger had begun to outline a theory of pluralism that might replace the secularization thesis, and his 2014 work, The Many Altars of Modernity, made an important contribution to the study of theories of pluralism.
But in the year before his death, Berger also wrote an essay, “Faith in a Pluralist Age,” published this spring, in which he developed some of his ideas in new directions. This relatively short essay begins to work out how this theory of pluralism might be grounded theologically, presumably from the perspective of Berger’s own faith commitments. This roundtable will consider Berger’s essay and its relevance both to his larger body of work and to the scholarship on pluralism in generally. Roundtable participants and audience members will also be invited to share their critical appreciation for Berger’s work more broadly.