Brueggeman Center sponsoring talk on role of religion in political arena

CCV's Phil Burress and's Michelle Goldberg discuss 'The Role of Religion in Politics: Views from the Right and Left' | August 15, 2006

“The Role of Religion in Politics: Views from the Right and Left” is the topic of a presentation at Xavier on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 7:00 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center.

The event includes two speakers. Michelle Goldberg is a contributing writer for, a past adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at New York University and the author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. Her fascination with the role of ideology in politics has led her to report extensively on both sides of America’s cultural wars.

Phil Burress has been president of Citizens for Community Values since 1991. Burress’ work has drawn national recognition, and his reputation has placed him in demand as an organizer and board member for other pro-family efforts, and has led to hundreds of appearances on talk shows and in major publications.

“There are few topics as important or interesting as that of religion and politics,” says James Buchanan, director for the Brueggeman Center. “We would all agree that our religious beliefs do and should play a role in our political lives. This is not just the questions of church and state but the more complex questions of how our deeply held religious values should play a role in the political process. Is there a point at which our religious views need to be tempered by our responsibilities to the common goods of a democratic society? Where do we draw the line? This is a debate that concerns all of us, whether we are liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican. It is a debate that goes to the very heart of what it means to live in a democratic society.”

This event is sponsored by The Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue along with Under One Tent.