Small-Thomas Lecture: “Capturing the Presidency and Losing One’s Soul: Elections, Christianity, and Realpolitik”
Ward Holder presents the Small-Thomas Lecture: “Capturing the Presidency and Losing One’s Soul: Elections, Christianity, and Realpolitik.”
Presidential candidates run on the strength of the dreams they cast. Their candidacies are successful when they catch the spirit of the moment, and shape a vision that causes millions of others to see it. Yet this frequently leads to trouble when campaigns are over, and the work of governing begins. Americans frequently state a desire to be led by Christian or religious policies. But those policies far too frequently take up the need to preserve America as the New Israel, and leave social justice with neither a prophet to cry out in the street, nor a statesman to craft a visionary world. This lecture will examine the manner in which particular models of the American presidency have both hindered and enabled the consideration and promotion of concerns for justice, and the ways these models have led Americans to think about Christianity and politics.
This event is in the Hall-Perrine Room of Cornell College’s Thomas Commons.