January 31, 2012

What Values do Americans Look for in their Leaders?

Monday, March 12, 7:00 pm

Main Campus Chapel

Does a candidate who proclaims a strong religious faith make for a better president? It is common, almost expected, for candidates running for office in the United States to affirm their religious identity and to employ broad religious themes in support of their political agendas. Is this information relevant? Can they talk about their faith without being hypocritical? Can they say that their faith informs their policy positions and still legitimately lead a pluralistic country?

Brian Stiltner is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut. His research interests focus on Catholic social ethics, the ethics of war and peace, and the role of religion in democratic public life. In 2007, Dr. Stiltner published “Faith and Force: A Christian Debate about War” with David L. Clough.

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