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2nd annual wolfe lecture on religion and american politics

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2nd Annual Wolfe Lecture on Religion and American Politics

Kenneth L. Woodward
Former Religion Editor, Newsweek

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Gasson Hall 305

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Abstract: This lecture argues that most of the ways we think about the relationships between religion and politics are wrong. First, Woodward will argue that no connection can be found between any American president’s religious faith, or lack of it, and his foreign or domestic policy. Woodward will illustrate his argument by examining several recent presidents who were mistakenly thought to be basing at least some policies on their religious convictions. The second part of this lecture examines the so-called “religious vote.” Woodward will pay particularly close attention to the Evangelical vote in the 2016 election, and offers all the reasons, other than religion, why Trump won that vote.

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For thiry eight years, Kenneth Woodward was the Religion Editor of Newsweek. Over his career he has written more than 1,200 articles, essays, and reviews for a variety of publications, including seventy cover stories for Newsweek. He is the author of four books that have been translated into nine languages. His most recent, on which his lecture is partially based, is Getting Religion: Faith Culture and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Ascent of Trump.  

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