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Is Christianity Good for American Politics?

A Socratic Club Debate

Monday, October 8, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Whether we look at the Tea Party or the Occupy Movement, the Religious Right or the Progressive Left, at Paul Ryan's or Nancy Pelosi's Catholicism, or the race for the White House in 2012, Christianity has a tremendous impact on American politics.  Is Christianity beneficial to American politics or is it dangerous?  Is it good that many politicians are influenced by their religious views?  Can we trust political leaders that either place God above country or do not believe in a God at all?  Is Christianity a positive force for addressing policy issues or does it get in the way of finding real solutions?  How much will this issue impact the 2012 election and America's future?  Our distinguished speakers will address these questions, presenting divergent views.

Dinesh D'Souza is a nationally known author, educator, columnist, and debater, whose books appear regularly on the New York Times list of best sellers.  He formerly served as a White House policy analyst and fellow of the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institute at Stanford University.  In 2012 he was named president of King's College in New York City.  He co-directed the newly released film "2016:  Obama's America."  This will be his third appearance at the Socratic Club. 

Michael Shermer is the Folunding Publisher of Skeptic Magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, and the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech.  He is a monthly columnist for "Scientific American" and a professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University.  This will be his third appearance at the Socratic Club.

LaSells Stewart Center (campus map)
Austin Auditorium
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