Minneapolis, Minnesota

April 24-25, 2020

This JSOR focuses on the interrelation of religion and politics during the current administration. The book, "Doing Theology in the Age of Trump," was published in 2018, and addresses the question why over 80% of white Christian evangelicals voted for Trump in the 2016 election. We connect this phenomenon to deeper issues about nationalism, religion, race, and American exceptionalism. John D. Caputo, one of the leading philosophers of religion in the older generation, and Clayton Crockett, one of the leading lights in the younger generation and a co-editor of the book, will address important theological questions about time, truth, and politics today. Both are also members of Westar’s Seminar on God and the Human Future.

John Caputo is the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Villanova University.

Clayton Crockett is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Director of Religious Studies Program at the University of Central Arkansas.

Program Details

What is Doing Theology in the Age of Trump?

Friday evening, 7:30–9 pm

The opening session will introduce the book and why it is significant, as well as how it fits with Westar and its Seminar on God and the Human Future. Caputo and Crockett will each offer brief reflections on the book and their contributions to it.

The Question of Time: Left vs. Right

Saturday, 9:30–10:30 am

Caputo will develop his contrast between prophetic time (Left) and reactionary time (Right) as it applies to the current administration. Crockett will offer some thoughts on how we are obsessed with secular and religious visions of the apocalypse and how that impacts our sense of whether we have time.

Do We Live in a Post-Truth World?

Saturday, 11 am – noon

Does Postmodernism mean that there is no longer any truth? And how does that fit into the current obsessions with fake news and the manipulation of facts in our political world? Caputo and Crockett will argue that postmodernism and Trumpism are not the same, and that we need to hold onto certain conceptions of truth.

How Do Religion and Politics Work Today?

Saturday, 1:30–2:30 pm

Caputo and Crockett will offer their reflections on how religion and politics intersect and interact today.

Discussion: Questions and (Partial) Answers

Saturday, 3–4 pm

Caputo and Crockett will engage audience members in discussion about their presentations and the book and issues that have been raised during the JSOR.

 

Sponsor

Plymouth Congregational Church

Event Location

Plymouth Congregational Church

1900 Nicollet Ave.

Minneapolis, MN 55403

Local Contact and Information

Mark Larson
(Cell Phone) 612-718-8124
mllarson@comcast.net

Fees

All Sessions

  • Individual Rate $75
  • Pre-registration Rate (by April 10th) $60
  • Additional Family Members $50

Single Sessions

  • Friday Evening Lecture $20
  • Saturday Morning Workshop $30
  • Saturday Afternoon Workshop $30

Refunds are available until two weeks before the event if requested in writing, minus a $10 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after that date.

 
 
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