2021 Forum: Charles Mathewes, The Future of American Christianity after the Religious Right

Charles Mathewes

The 2020/2021 James Luther Adams Forum was a success! After more than a yearlong delay due to Covid-19, the Forum was held on October 29, 2021 at the University of Virginia. 

You can read and/or watch below Charles Mathewes’ timely and deeply probing lecture “The Future of American Christianity after the Religious Right” and the response by William J. Everett at the 2020/2021 JLAF Forum.

Charles Mathewes
Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies
at the University of Virginia

Respondent: William J. Everett
Herbert Gezork Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Emeritus
Andover Newton Theological School

Oct. 29, 2021, 3PM ET
110 Monroe Hall, University of Virginia

Watch the Forum Lecture program below. Welcome by Dr. George Kimmich Beach, President, James Luther Adams Foundation. Introduction of the speaker by Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton, Associate Professor, Religious Studies Department, University of Virginia

About the Speaker

Charles Mathewes is the Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia.

He spent much of his childhood in Saudi Arabia, and was educated at Georgetown University and the University of Chicago.

He is the author of Evil and the Augustinian Tradition and A Theology of Public Life, both with Cambridge University Press; Understanding Religious Ethics from Wiley-Blackwell; and The Republic of Grace, from Eerdmans. Among other edited volumes, he was the Senior Editor for a four volume collection on Comparative Religious Ethics: The Major Works for Routledge Publishers. He is currently co-directing a major grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, on “Religion and its Publics.”

From 2006 to 2010, he was Editor of The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the flagship journal in the field of religious studies, and was the youngest Editor ever appointed to lead that journal. He was Chair of the Committee on the Future of Christian Ethics for the Society of Christian Ethics, the inaugural Director of the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, and from 2010 to 2020 he served on the House of Bishops Theology Committee of the Episcopal Church.

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