dr-skillenKeynote Speaker: Dr. James Skillen

Director of the Center for Public Justice for nearly 30 years, Skillen now works full-time writing, speaking, and mentoring advanced students. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and holds the Ph.D. from Duke University in political philosophy and international relations. His latest book is The Good of Politics: A Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary Introduction. He and his wife of 50 years have two children and four grandchildren.

He’ll be speaking on Christianity and politics on the following topics. See the full schedule, directions, and registration page here: 2016 Academic Conference page.

Is American Politics Broken Beyond Repair?

The root of the problems we now see go deeper than candidate personalities and the disappearance of moderates from Congress. There are both constitutional and ideological fractures that will not be overcome any time soon. As citizens we need to face reality.

Too Much or Too Little Government: By What Criteria Do We Decide?

Apart from an idea of what a political community—a republic—should be, there are no criteria for determining the responsibilities of government and citizens, families and schools, businesses and nonprofit organizations. The fundamental question is: who is responsible for what?

America’s God and the God of Abraham, Israel, and Jesus Christ

From America’s beginning to our day there has always been much talk about God, especially by Christians. But confusion reigns and Christians are still trying to serve two masters. How shall we come clean and live rightly as citizens?