Miroslav Volf to Deliver 2012 Kuyper Lecture on June 2 in Boston

May 25, 2012

The Center for Public Justice announces the 2012 Kuyper Lecture, featuring Miroslav Volf of the Yale University Divinity School. The lecture will be delivered at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, in the Ken Olsen Science Center Auditorium on the campus of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. A reception sponsored by the Center for Public Justice will follow the lecture in the Ken Olsen Science Center Loggia. Both events are free and open to the public.

The lecture, titled “A Public Faith: A Christian Alternative to Secular and Religious Political Exclusivism,” is part of the Christians in Political Science conference being held at Gordon College. 

Professor Volf is the founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School. His books include Allah: A Christian Response (2011); Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (2006), which was the Archbishop of Canterbury Lenten book for 2006; Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (1996), a winner of the 2002 Grawemeyer Award; and After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity (1998), winner of the Christianity Today book award. 

A member of the Episcopal Church in the USA and the Evangelical Church in Croatia, Volf has been involved in international ecumenical dialogues (for instance, with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) and interfaith dialogues (as a member of the executive board of C-1 World Dialogue), and is an active participant in the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. A native of Croatia, he regularly teaches and lectures in central and eastern Europe, Asia, and across North America. He is a fellow of Berkeley College.

Lecture respondents will be Vincent Bacote of Wheaton College, Paul Brink of Gordon College, and Julia Stronks of Whitworth University; see their bios below. The lecture will be video-recorded and made available for viewing online later.

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Respondents’ Biographies 

Vincent Bacote is an associate professor of theology and the director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. He is the author of The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (2005) and has contributed to books such as Keep Your Head Up (2012) and Prophetic Evangelicals (2012). He is a regular columnist for Comment and has written for publications such as Books and Culture, Christianity Today, re:generation quarterly, Christian Scholars Review, Urban Mission, and Journal for Christian Theological Research. Bacote earned a B.S. degree at The Citadel, an M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees at Drew University. He is also a trustee of the Center for Public Justice.

Paul Brink is an associate professor of political science at Gordon College, where he teaches political theory, European politics, and Canadian politics. He was a participant in a panel on “Toleration and Freedom: The American Experience in Context” at the Institute for Philosophy & Religion at Boston University, and he contributed a chapter titled “Negotiating a Plural Politics: South Africa’s Constitutional Court” in Walking Together (2012). Brink earned his B.A. from Redeemer College, his M.A. from Dalhousie University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Julia Stronks holds the Edward B. Lindaman Chair at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., where she is a professor of political science. Since 2001 she has served as director for the Murdock Charitable Trust's $1 million grant for the Lives of Commitment Project. Stronks is a regular contributor of op-ed pieces analyzing national and regional legal questions and issues. She is also the author of the forthcoming book So You Want to Be a Christian Lawyer and of the book Law, Religion and Public Policy: A Commentary on First Amendment Jurisprudence (2002). She is coauthor with her mother, Gloria Goris Stronks, of Christian Teachers in Public Schools: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Administrators (2000) and of the e-book Living in the Fabric of God's Faithfulness: Parents and Children Explain What Works (downloadable as a PDF). A graduate of Dordt College, which named her a distinguished alumna in 2003, Stronks earned her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.