What is Public Theology?

Public theology is an outgrowth of the church’s calling to proclaim the whole counsel of God, as it applies to all people and institutions, for the common good on matters of public and political concern.

Westminster will host Faith in the Public Square to promote an open, frank, nonpartisan conversation between various Christian traditions in order to explore the shape of public theology in our modern political and cultural climate.

Speakers will discuss a broad range of topics, including religious liberty, sexual ethics, and the history of Calvinistic political thought.

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Robert George

Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He has also taught at Harvard Law School. He is Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and has served as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  He has also served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology.  He was a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College, he holds degrees in law and theology from Harvard and a doctorate in philosophy of law from Oxford University, in addition to many honorary degrees.  He is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Citizens Medal and the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His most recent book is Conscience and Its Enemies (ISI Books).

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Rev. Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung (PhD candidate, University of Leicester) is senior pastor at University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, Michigan, and Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He blogs at the Gospel Coalition and has authored or coauthored numerous well-known books such as Just Do SomethingThe Hole in Our HolinessTaking God At His WordWhat Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?, and The Biggest Story, as well as the award-winning books Why We’re Not EmergentWhy We Love the Church (with Ted Kluck), and Crazy Busy. Kevin and his wife Trisha have seven children.

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13 Additional Participants

Hugh Hewitt

Radio Host and Law Professor, Chapman University

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Mollie Hemingway

Senior Editor,
The Federalist

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Dr. Carl Trueman

Professor of Church History,
WTS

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Rev. Dr. Herb Lusk

Senior Pastor, Greater Exodus Baptist Church

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Dr. Rusty Reno

Editor,
First Things

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Dr. William Edgar

Professor of Apologetics,
WTS

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Rev. Dr. Harry Reeder

Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church

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Dr. Jeffrey Jue

Provost, Executive VP, and Professor of Church History, WTS

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Dr. James Skillen

Former President, Center for Public Justice

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Dr. James Kurth

Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Swarthmore College

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Dr. Peter Lillback

President,
WTS

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Ruth Naomi Floyd

Vocalist-Composer/Recording
Artist

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Dr. Carlton Wynne

Professor of Systematic Theology,
WTS

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Event Schedule

Thursday, October 6th

5:00 pm
Dinner

Philadelphia Cricket Club

6:45 pm
The Church Confronts Gnosticism… Again

Philadelphia Cricket Club

Dr. Robert George

Friday, October 7th

9:30 am
Welcome and Introduction

Rust Auditorium

Dr. Peter Lillback
Hugh Hewitt

9:40 am
Devotional

Rust Auditorium

Dr. Jeffrey Jue

9:50 am
The First Amendment in a Pluralistic Society

Rust Auditorium

Mollie Hemingway

10:10 am
Panel Response

Rust Auditorium

Mollie Hemingway
Dr. William Edgar
Dr. James Kurth
Dr. Harry Reeder
Hugh Hewitt (Moderator)

11:10 am
Break
11:30 am
Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society

Rust Auditorium

Dr. Rusty Reno
Dr. Carl Trueman
Hugh Hewitt (Moderator)

12:30 pm
Lunch and Musical Performance

Tent

Ruth Naomi Floyd
Dr. William Edgar

2:00 pm
Scotch Granite: John Witherspoon as Pastor, Preacher, and Patriot

Tent

Rev. Kevin DeYoung

2:45 pm
One-on-One

Tent

Rev. Kevin DeYoung
Hugh Hewitt

3:00 pm
Break
3:20 pm
Natural Law in a Biblical Worldview

Tent

Dr. Carlton Wynne
Dr. James Skillen
Rev. Kevin DeYoung
Dr. Rusty Reno
Hugh Hewitt (Moderator)

4:30 pm
The Charge

Tent

Dr. Peter Lillback

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