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Christian Love and National Interest: A Protestant Ethic of National Security (DC)

April 21, 2017 - April 22, 2017

Free - $25

Third Mid-Atlantic Convivium Irenicum

Co-Sponsored by Patrick Henry College and Providence Journal

April 21-22, 2017

Redeeming Grace Church
5200 Ox Road, Fairfax, Virginia
Basement Auditorium


How do we exercise our Christian duty to show love to enemies while also exercising our Christian duty to protect our neighbors and countrymen from them? Can we have open arms and strong borders? To what extent should we be see ourselves as patriotic citizens of a nation-state vs. members of the worldwide family of Christ, with obligations that might run counter to national interest? This event seeks to connect the idea of national security to Christian ethics, bringing together local scholars and theologians, pastors and interested laypeople, and those who serve (or are considering service) in the military, intelligence and law enforcement professions. Our hope is that attendees and participants walk away with a new—or a renewed—vision for how the historical Protestant ethical tradition speaks to the often-conflicting loyalties of Christian citizenship.

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Friday, 21 April 2017

6:30 PM: Refreshments and Welcome

7:00 PM: “Caring for Religion and Protecting the Commonwealth in the Protestant Reformation” (Bradford Littlejohn, President of the Davenant Trust)

7:45 PM: Q&A for Bradford Littlejohn

8:15 PM: “Eberhard Bethge and the Myth of Bonhoeffer the Assassin: Recovering a Persistently Christ-Centered Ethic in a World Full of Nazis” (Mark Thiessen Nation, Eastern Mennonite University)

9:00 PM: Q&A for Mark Nation

9:30 PM: Adjournment


Saturday, 22 April 2017

8:30AM – 1:00 PM: Short paper presentations by regional graduate students and early-career scholars; followed by lunch (by invitation only)

1:00 PM: Walter Russell Mead (Bard College; The American Interest), Lecture title TBA.

Coffee break

2:15 PM: “Was Jesus a Pacifist? Yoder, Hauerwas and the Meaning of Jesus for Christian Ethics” (Andrew Fulford, Ph.D candidate, McGill University; author, Jesus and Pacifism)

Coffee break

3:30 PM: Panel Discussion: “The World of Surveillance, Spies, and Special Operations Forces: Is the Just War Tradition Enough for Christian Citizenship?”

Marc LiVecche, Managing Editor of Providence Journal
Keith Pavlischek, Senior Editor of Providence Journal
Mark Thiessen Nation, Eastern Mennonite University
Andrew Fulford, McGill University
Brian Auten, Patrick Henry College (moderator)

5:00PM: Adjournment (but continue conversations over dinner at La Tolteca Mexican Restaurant, 5614 Ox Road, Fairfax, VA)


April 21, 2017
April 22, 2017
Free - $25
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Brian Auten


Redeeming Grace Church
5200 Ox Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030 United States
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