Short Course on Reformed Thought and the Crisis of Democracy (Virtual)

Short Course on Reformed Thought and the Crisis of Democracy (Virtual)


Sat, Apr 30 - Sat, May 21
9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Four sessions, Saturday mornings (9:30-noon): April 30, May 7, 14, 21.  Complete Virtual Event.  No charge, but a donation is welcome.

Instructor: R.Bruce Douglass, former director of the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington and emeritus member of the political theory faculty of the Department of Government, Georgetown University.

The course is designed to examine critically the relevance of certain key ideas in the Reformed Protestant political tradition (from Calvin to Wolterstorff) to the current crisis of democratic politics, with primary emphasis on developments in the industrialized nations.

The four sessions will cover the following topics:

Session I – Reformed Political Thought—the Foundations

Session II – Reformed Political Thought—Subsequent Developments

Session III – Three Versions of Democracy—Constitutional, Liberal and Populist

Session IV – Democracy, Religious Pluralism and the Idea of a Christian Nation

Participants will be encouraged (but not required) to do a modest set of readings, most of which will be available online. If you can find a copy of Karl Barth’s “The Christian Community and the Civil Community,” which is reprinted in a volume of his essays called COMMUNITY, STATE AND CHURCH, please do so.

Please register and find more info on the Reformed Institute website.