Date and Time: TBD.
Panel Discussion Theme: “Evangelical Philosophy and Polarization”
- Mike Austin (Eastern Kentucky University)
- Laura Callahan (University of Notre Dame)
- Tom Crisp (Biola University)
- Kevin Vallier (Bowling Green State University)
Our panelists will be discussing the phenomenon of polarization with respect to the following questions:
- HISTORICAL ROLE: How has evangelicalism in general, and evangelical philosophy in particular, contributed (negatively or positively) to the current polarization in American society with respect to political identification, social values (e.g., family structures, education, abortion, etc.), the urban/rural divide, poverty and wealth, and religious orientation (or whatever other axes you’d like to address)? Where have evangelicals in general – and evangelical philosophers in particular – contributed to varieties of polarization? Where have evangelicals in general – and evangelical philosophers in particular – contributed to defusing polarization? Ought evangelical philosophers seek to reduce the phenomenon of polarization (and if so, along which axes of polarization)? Or is it outside our purview of concern? If not outside of our concern, then what are our obligations – both as evangelicals and as philosophers – in this regard?
- SCHOLARLY RESOURCES: What scholarly resources exist in the evangelical tradition, and within evangelical philosophy in particular, to address the phenomenon of polarization? What can those resources contribute to addressing the many axes of polarization? How can evangelicals develop more such resources?
- LEARNING FROM OTHER BELIEVING INTELLECTUALS: What are some differences that you see between how evangelicalism in general, and evangelical philosophy in particular, has addressed (or failed to address) issues of polarization, and how other Christian intellectual traditions have addressed these issues? What can we learn from the approaches of other traditions?
- FUTURE DIRECTIONS: What do you see as the current vocation of evangelical intellectuals, and of evangelical philosophers in particular, given the current polarization (along many axes) within American society? If it is appropriate for evangelical philosophers to enter into these conversations, what ought to be our goal(s)? What ought to be our means to achieve those goals?
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