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The Future of Christianity: A Conversation with R.R. Reno

The American Conservative and The Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture at Washington College invite you to a lecture and response with R.R. Reno.

There is little question that Christianity is in flux. In the West, doctrinal and moral debates have caused rifts in nearly every denomination of Christianity, from Evangelicalism to Catholicism, Methodism to Presbyterianism, while the rise of the so-called “Nones” hollows out the religious practice in formally-Christian regions and communities. At the same time, the bulk of orthodox Christian practice has shifted to the “global South,” presenting both challenges and opportunities. Given these trends, what is the future of Christianity?

R.R. Reno, editor of the influential magazine First Things, will address this question on May 1st at 6:00 PM in a public lecture at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. Responding to Dr. Reno’s remarks will be Joseph Prud’homme, Burton Family Chair in Religion, Politics, and Culture at Washington College, and Shaun Rieley, Senior Director of Programs at The American Conservative.

R. R. Reno is the editor of First Things, the premier journal of religion and public life. He also serves on the board of advisers of the Edmund Burke Foundation. Previously he taught theology at Creighton University for twenty years. He is the author of several books including Return on the Strong Gods: Nationalism, Populism, and the Future of the WestGenesis: A Theological CommentaryFighting the Noonday Devil; and Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society. He holds a Ph.D. in religious ethics from Yale University. He lives with his wife in New York City.

Joseph Prud’homme is The Burton Family Chair in Religion, Politics and Culture, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Affiliated Faculty in Religious Studies at Washington College. He also directs Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture. He works in the areas of political philosophy, legal theory, intellectual history and religious studies. He is the author of several books including Religion and Politics in America from the Colonial Period to the Civil War. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University in political philosophy, constitutional law, and religious studies and has held fellowships at Harvard University and the University of Oxford. He lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Shaun Rieley is senior director for programs at The American Ideas Institute, which publishes The American Conservative. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government in Washington, DC. He holds a Ph.D. in political theory from The Catholic University of America, and an M.A. from St. John’s College, Annapolis, where he studied philosophy, political theory, and literature. He served as an enlisted infantryman in the Army National Guard, serving tours in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, with his wife and two daughters.

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Litrenta Hall, Toll Science Center, Washington College

300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD, 21620

Date and Time:

May 1st, 2023

6:00 PM