Summary: Faith Angle brings together top scholars and leading journalists for smart conversations around some of the most profound questions in the public square. Rather than a current-events debrief, our goal is a substantive conversation one notch beneath the surface, drawing out how religious convictions manifest themselves in American culture and public life.
In this episode of Faith Angle, we're joined by Notre Dame's Christian Smith and Slate's Will Saletan to discuss Dr. Smith's newest book, Atheist Overreach Links from this episode: Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame Will Saletan, Slate Atheist Overreach: What Atheism Can't Deliver Three Decades Ago, America Lost Its Religion. Why?
Nadine Epstein and Michelle Boorstein: The Enduring Legacy of Elie Wiesel
In the latest episode of Faith Angle, we take a look at the changing nature of marriage in America with Eugene Scott and Brad Wilcox. Eugene covers identity politics for the Washington Post's The Fix, and Brad is Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies.Brad, Eugene, and Josh Good discuss trends around marriage in the current political climate; how factors like class and race affect the health of marriages; economics and the importance of gainful employment (especially for men); the connection between marriage and economic mobility; the effects of delayed marriage among young people, and much more.Links from this episode:Eugene Scott, Washington PostBrad Wilcox, National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia How Divorce Lost Its GrooveDon’t be a bachelor: Why married men work harder, smarter and make more money
Former Clinton White House Press Secretary—and now Wesley Seminary professor—Mike McCurry sits down with Washington Post Columnist Karen Tumulty, and Faith Angle's Josh Good, to discuss the faith journeys of the Clintons and Reagans; transformations in journalism; and new opportunities for congregations to directly engage the deep divide in America's political culture.Links from this episode:A private letter from Ronald Reagan to his dying father-in-law shows the president’s faith, Karen Tumulty, Washington Post, 09/14/18Former Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry finds his faith, marries it with politics, Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, 02/22/14How My Party Found God, Mike McCurry, The Daily Beast, 07/14/17
Links from this episode: HBO's "Foster" is disturbingly accurate, but it's missing one important thing: solutions, Naomi Schaefer Riley, Los Angeles Times, 5/7/19 Reconsidering Kinship Care, Naomi Schaefer Riley, National Affairs, Summer 2018 How Foster Care Became a Christian Priority - Just in Time, Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, The Gospel Coalition, 9/24/18 Christian Alliance for Orphans Christians Are Pro-Life After Birth, Too, Naomi Schaefer Riley, Wall Street Journal, 6/13/19 In Brokenness & Beauty…It Is Well, Jedd Medefind, CAFO2019, 5/8/19 Taming Technology, Jedd Medefind, Outcomes Magazine
On the latest episode of Faith Angle, we're joined by New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks and Comment Magazine editor-in-chief Anne Snyder to discuss the new books they've each published, their respective approaches to writing, their own marriage and faith journey, and how to cultivate communities rooted in trust that lead to individual and social transformation. Links from today's episode: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, David Brooks, 4/16/19 The Fabric of Character: A Wise Giver's Guide to Supporting Social and Moral Renewal, Anne Snyder, 3/22/19 Evening Conversation with David Brooks at The Trinity Forum, 5/29/19 David Brooks' Journey Toward Faith, Peter Wehner, The Atlantic, 5/7/19 A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream, Yuval Levin, forthcoming in February 2020 David Brooks on Weave: The Social Fabric Project, The Aspen Institute, 9/19/18 Why I Write, George Orwell, 1946 The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump, Peter Wehner, 6/4/19 The Magnanimous Man: In Remembrance of Michael Cromartie, Anne Snyder, Public Discourse, 9/7/17 Michael Cromartie introduction of David Brooks, The Gathering, 10/2/14 Anne’s email to David, p. 239 of The Second Mountain: "I want to reiterate that yes, grace is the central thing Christ offers, but that is the doorway. And it is to know him. I see lots of emphasis on striving in your note, and I appreciate its antidote to cheap grace. But the foundational fact is you cannot earn your way into a state of grace - this denies grace's power, and subverts its very definition. Grace must reach out to the broken and the undeserving. It must reach out to those recognizing plainly, vulnerably, their own need and emptiness. It can only find welcome in those sitting still.
We're joined this week by Dr. Shadi Hamid and Sarah Wildman to discuss the resurgent role of global Islam, the relationship between nationalist populism and Muslims, Sharia law in the Middle East, the role of religion in Western democracies, and the enduring question of how deep religious convictions can align with more lasting expressions of public pluralism Links from today's episode: Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World, Shadi Hamid, 6/6/17 The role of Islam in European populism: How refugee flows and fear of Muslims drive right-wing support, Shadi Hamid, Brookings, 2/19 Islam in Modern American Society, Shadi Hamid's 2018 address at Faith Angle Religious Conflict and the Future of the Middle East - Shadi Hamid's 2014 address at Faith Angle First Person, Foreign Policy podcast hosted by Sarah Wildman, with Shadi Hamid, on Mohamed Morsi and the Passing of Egypt's Democratic Moment, 6/21/19 Left Populism and the Rediscovery of Agonistic Politics, Shadi Hamid, American Affairs, Winter 2018 Making Sense, Sam Harris's podcast, with Shadi Hamid, on Islamism vs. Secularism, 12/5/16
Mona Charen and Oren Cass: The Once and Future Worker
Kelsey Dallas, “Latter-day Saint leaders call for ‘fairness for all’ while opposing the Equality Act,” The Deseret News, May 13, 2019: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900070101/equality-act-federal-religious-freedom-lgbtq-rights-mormon-lds-church.htmlStanley Carlson-Thies, “A Better Way than the Equality Act,” Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, April 25, 2019: http://www.irfalliance.org/a-better-way-than-the-equality-act/Jonathan Rauch, “Nondiscrimination for All,” National Affairs, Summer 201: 7: https://www.nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/nondiscrimination-for-allEmma Green, “Health and Human Services and the Religious-Liberty War,” The Atlantic, May 7, 2019: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/05/hhs-trump-religious-freedom/588697/“An Open Letter to Congress From Religious Leaders,” May 7, 2019: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/upload/2019-Coalition-Letter-to-Congress-Equality-Act.pdfH.R.5 – Equality Act, May 17, 2019: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/5/text
In this episode, we sit down with a Paris-based journalist, Pascal Emmanuel-Gobry, who provides insights on the changing role of religion in Europe. Amidst the rise in immigration and growing populism across the continent, is there a pluralist vision large enough to introduce healthy constraints and advance human flourishing between discrete communities? In advance of a November Faith Angle Forum, Pascal offers his best thinking.
In this episode, Emma Green of The Atlantic and Michael Wear of Public Square Strategies (& former senior advisor to President Obama), discuss how Democratic presidential candidates are approaching religion—and what that suggests about our cultural moment.
In this episode, we sit down with The Economist's James Astill and EPPC's Henry Olsen—also a Washington Post columnist—to discuss European populism.The centre-Left will never defeat European populism if it fails to first understand it: https://unherd.com/2018/12/centre-left-will-never-defeat-european-populism-fails-first-understand-2/
At our recent Faith Angle Forum in Miami, journalists, scholars, and faith leaders came together for in-depth conversations on global poverty and injustice, faith and mental health, and race in America. This episode offers an inside look at the forum, with clips from the presentations and comments from journalists, plus an extended conversation about Faith Angle with Jon Ward of Yahoo News.
Jon Haidt offers candid perspective on today's university campuses, contemporary journalism, public discourse, and his own journey--as well as ways to better equip iGen students in their pursuit of human flourishing.
The Persistence of the Culture Wars, Russell Moore’s 2014 address at Faith Angle - https://faithangle.org/session/persistence-culture-wars/Stop the Tax on Houses of Worship, Wall Street Journal, 11/22/18 - https://www.wsj.com/articles/stop-the-tax-on-houses-of-worship-1542918092The Storm-Tossed Family, 2019 - https://www.amazon.com/Storm-Tossed-Family-Cross-Reshapes-Home/dp/1462794807Signposts podcast, Russell Moore’s bi-weekly podcast about faith and culture - https://www.russellmoore.com/category/podcast/Christine Emba, Columnist, The Washington Post - https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/christine-emba/?utm_term=.16f9da7373da