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Press Release: ‘Hans-Martien ten Napel to speak at conference on “Public Spirit and Public Virtue” in Washington, DC’

‘On December 6, 2017, Hans-Martien ten Napel will be speaking during a conference on “Public Spirit and Public Virtue,” in Washington, DC.

The conference aims to “examine the ways in which the Western world might see a revival of public spirit through public virtue and remain a civilization marked by ‘order and public tranquility’ that only this spirit and virtue can provide.”

Among the other speakers during the conference are:

  • John Wilsey, Associate Professor of History at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and currently serving as the William G. Simon Fellow in Religion and Public Life at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University;
  • Bryan McGraw, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Politics at Wheaton College;
  • Wilfred McClay, G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma;
  • Gerald McDermott, Ph.D., Anglican Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School.

The conference, which forms part of an International Conference series on “Reclaiming the West: Freedom and Responsibility,” is organized by the Acton Institute. The Acton Institute, named after the English historian Lord John Acton (1834-1902), “is a think-tank whose mission is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.”

Co-sponsors of the event are the Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture, the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics, the Institute on Religion and Democracy, and the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

See for more information: https://acton.org/event/2017/06/06/public-spirit-and-public-virtue.’

Source: https://faithindemocracy.eu/2017/11/29/hans-martien-napel-to-speak-at-conference-on-public-spirit-and-public-virtue-washington-dc/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share.

See also:

Book Recommendations (I): Nicholas Wolterstorff, Understanding Liberal Democracy (2012)

Blogpost ‘On the Close Connection between Religious Freedom and Liberal Democracy’

Paper presentation ‘Creed or Structure? Christian Democratic Vision and Attitudes towards Liberal Democracy’

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Conference on ‘Public Spirit and Public Virtue’, December 6, 2017, Washington, DC

‘In an increasingly globalized and pluralized world it becomes progressively more difficult to define the public virtues that have delineated the West, and as a result, harder to safe-guard the freedoms—economic, political, and religious—which are the fruits of those virtues. A citizen who possesses “town spirit,” according to Alexis de Tocqueville, is one who “focuses his affections and his hopes on the town, who knows how to take his place there and to participate in its governance.” This spirit is the result of the visible presence of public virtue—“a free and strong corporate body…which merits the trouble of trying to direct it.” This one-day conference will examine the ways in which the Western world might see a revival of public spirit through public virtue and remain a civilization marked by “order and public tranquility” that only this spirit and virtue can provide.’

Source, and more information: https://acton.org/event/2017/06/06/public-spirit-and-public-virtue.

On the International Conference series ‘Reclaiming the West: Freedom and Responsibility’, of which this conference forms a part:

‘The West today is in a state of crisis. Facing immense domestic economic and political problems, North America, Europe, and other Western nations are also struggling to address existential threats from without. But above all, the West appears to suffering from a crisis of self-belief: one which touches centrally upon its attachment to the tradition of ordered liberty in politics, freedom in the economy, strong civil societies, commitment to virtue, as well as the unique synthesis of faith and reason that is at the root of Western civilization.

To explore these questions concerning the Western tradition of human liberty and responsibility and its Judeo-Christian culture, the Acton Institute is holding three international conferences which will bring together theologians, economists, political thinkers, philosophers, religious figures, business leaders, foreign policy thinkers, journalists, historians, and legal scholars from both sides of the Atlantic. Among other topics, they will discuss the origin and character of the West’s many problems, consider how these matters might be addressed in ways that draw upon the West’s unique heritage, and examine how Europe and North America can contribute to each other’s revival.’

Source: https://acton.org/program/reclaiming-west-freedom-responsibility.

See also:

Book review: ‘The Political Theology of European Integration,’ by Mark R. Royce

Participant, Acton University, June 20-23 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan (I)

Press Release: ‘Hans-Martien ten Napel has book published “Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human”’