If you live in the Philly area, this may interest you:
You are cordially invited to come hear a public lecture by scholar, author and editor of First Things magazine, R. R. Reno, PhD. Co-sponsored by the the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good, Eastern University Office of Development, and the Templeton Honors College, this lecture will examine Religious Voices in Public Debates. The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in Warner Libraryon the Eastern University campus at 1300 Eagle Road in St. Davids, PA.
Dr. Reno will address the fact that too often we hear that theological themes and religious terms are sectarian, and thus inappropriate in public debates. This view is based on the myth of public reason, a myth that seeks to silence religious voices. A more forthright view of democratic politics in a pluralistic society must recognize that religious ways of thinking and arguing rightly seek to convince a variety of fellow citizens and thus contribute to a governing consensus in a pluralistic society.
Dr. Reno is the author of several books, including, In the Ruins of the Church, andRedemptive Change: Atonement and the Cure of the Soul. He has also co-authored two books, Heroism and the Christian Life and Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible. His scholarly work ranges widely in systematic and moral theology, as well as in questions of biblical interpretation. Reno earned his Ph.D. in Religious Ethics from Yale University. Since 1990, he has served as a professor of theology at Creighton University, and is currently on sabbatical while working as editor of First Things magazine.