Evangelicals and the Catholic Mind: From Repulsion to Attraction
Tal Howard, Gordon College
Date: Wednesday November 4, 2009
Time: 12:00-1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road
Given the deep currents of Anti-Catholicism in American-Protestant history, it is an odd phenomenon that more and more educated evangelicals are finding an intellectual, if not an ecclesial, home in the Catholic intellectual tradition. Why are these changes afoot? To what in particular are evangelicals attracted and why? Drawing from The Future of Christian Learning: an Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue (Brazos Press, 2008), a book he has recently edited, Professor Howard discusses some of the historical and theological factors behind these changes.
Thomas Albert (Tal) Howard is an associate professor of history at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in 1996, concentrating in early modern and modern European intellectual and religious history. His recent work includes Religion and the Rise of Historicism (Cambridge, 2000) and Protestant Theology and the Making of the Modern German University (Oxford, 2006), winner of the Lilly Fellows Program Annual Book Award for 2007. He is also the editor of The Future of Christian Learning: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue (Brazos, 2008) written by Mark Noll and James Turner. Currently, he is working on two research projects: God and the Atlantic: America, Europe, and the Religious Divide (under contract with Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2010 or 2011) and Knowing the Past, Doing the Good: Virtue Ethics and Historical Understanding.