The Bible and American Political Discourse, Past and Present


February 3, 10, 17 & 24, 9:45-10:45am, Room 218

We are pleased to have Dr. Sam Adams, a frequent presenter at FPC, join us for a series of presentations examining the central role the Bible has played in American political life, from the dawn of the nation to the present day. Topics will include:

  • Understanding of Scripture among our founders 

  • Invocation of biblical rhetoric during the Civil War 

  • Interesting 20th-century developments, including the rise of the Religious Right in the 1970s and 1980s 

He will also consider the manner in which the Bible remains a tool in contemporary political discourse, including the widespread use of Scripture on social media by persons across the ideological spectrum. His historical analysis will inform consideration of the present day. 

Sam Adams, Professor of Old Testament at Union Theological Seminary, is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has served churches in New Haven, CT, Chicago, IL, and in Richmond, VA. He is also a regular blogger for the Huffington Post.

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