Religion’s role in international relations and politics is complex and multifarious, especially as religion intersects with racial and cultural identities. An important question often raised in public discussions is the precarious distinction between “good” and “bad” religion and the real-world impacts of religion on global societies. Our third session in the Religion and World Civilizations Seminar Series will explore the question of “good” and “bad” religion in its effects on international politics, paying special attention to the intersections of religion, race, and culture.
Dr. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is Associate Professor of Politics at Northwestern University, where she teaches politics, religion, and international affairs. She is a regular contributor to public discussions on US foreign policy and the politics of religious diversity. Her books include The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (2008), Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion (2015), and (co-edited) Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age (2013) and Politics of Religious Freedom (2015).
Dr. Frank A. Thomas currently serves as the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics and Director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration at Christian Theological Seminary. His most recent book is American Dream 2.0: A Christian Way Out of the Great Recession.
The Religion, Race and Culture Seminar Series is presented by the Center For Faith and Vocation and Butler University and the Desmond Tutu Center.