Christian Realism, Just War, and Thinking Right About “Wrongs”

Tickets for this summer seminar series can be purchased here.

On June 14, 21, and 28, The Institute on Religion and Democracy will be hosting a series of seminars on the topic of Christian Realism led by Marc LiVecche, the McDonald Distinguished Scholar of Ethics, War, and Public Life at Providence. The seminars will occur at The IRD office (1023 15th St NW, Suite #200, Washington, DC 20005).

Christian Realism is a mode of thinking about the world and our place within it that endeavors to avoid either of the cousin errors of cynicism or sentimentalism. Taking seriously the terms of creation, fall, responsibility, restoration, and the Church and future hope, Christian Realism offers a theoretical and moral framework to navigate moral conflict that is both theologically orthodox and historically responsible. This three part seminar series will center around three sets of guided discussion reflecting on short readings covering:

Session One: Christian Realism: introduction, core tenets, trends and controversies

Session Two: Just War: overview of the framework: when it’s right to fight and how to rightly fight the fight that’s right to fight, cases old and new

Session Three: History: morally assessing past events, contemporary sensibilities and past acts, can we have heroes anymore?

Each session will begin with a reception (including dinner) at 6:00 PM, followed by the discussion beginning at 6:30 PM. Attendees will be sent readings ahead of time for discussion which will not be too lengthy (no more than twenty to thirty pages in total).

Tickets must be purchased by June 7. After June 7, ticketholders will be given access to the readings which will be covered at each seminar. Tickets are $30, and include the price of dinner. Tickets for this event can be purchased here.