Book Launch: Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy

PAST EVENT | 19 May 2022 17:00-18:30

Join the authors of 'Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy' for their book launch on the 19th of May in the Harold Lee Room at Pembroke College. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

The book explores the way in which religious identity can be weaponised to fuel populist and nationalist revolts against liberal democracy, and how different faiths can counter this by incorporating democratic values into their institutions. The book includes an analysis of the history and modern-day direction of these trends in both Western Europe and the United States. The book has received considerable praise since its release in 2021, with American author Robert D. Putnam hailing the work as ‘A timely, constructive, and empirically grounded exploration of the tensions among religion, identity, and liberal democracy in the United States and around the world’. It has recently also been selected as a finalist for the forthcoming INDIES Book of the year Award in Political and Social Sciences.

Author Profiles:

David Elcott is the Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership at the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU and director of the Advocacy and Political Action specialization. His present research focuses on how religious leaders affect civil discourse and democracy, searching for pathways for constructive religious involvement in civic affairs. 

Dr Tobias Cremer is a Junior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, and an Associate Member at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the relationship between religion, secularisation and the rise of right-wing identity politics.

Discussant:

Katherine Stewart is an investigative reporter/author who has covered religious liberty, politics and policy. Her latest book, The Power Worshippers, investigated the links between the Christian Right and Trump's rise to power.

Chair:

The Rev’d Dr Andrew Teal is Chaplain, Fellow and Lecturer in Theology at Pembroke College, Oxford.

 

Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy Book Cover

 

Book Launch: Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy

PAST EVENT | 19 May 2022 17:00-18:30

Join the authors of 'Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy' for their book launch on the 19th of May in the Harold Lee Room at Pembroke College. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

The book explores the way in which religious identity can be weaponised to fuel populist and nationalist revolts against liberal democracy, and how different faiths can counter this by incorporating democratic values into their institutions. The book includes an analysis of the history and modern-day direction of these trends in both Western Europe and the United States. The book has received considerable praise since its release in 2021, with American author Robert D. Putnam hailing the work as ‘A timely, constructive, and empirically grounded exploration of the tensions among religion, identity, and liberal democracy in the United States and around the world’. It has recently also been selected as a finalist for the forthcoming INDIES Book of the year Award in Political and Social Sciences.

Author Profiles:

David Elcott is the Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership at the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU and director of the Advocacy and Political Action specialization. His present research focuses on how religious leaders affect civil discourse and democracy, searching for pathways for constructive religious involvement in civic affairs. 

Dr Tobias Cremer is a Junior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, and an Associate Member at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the relationship between religion, secularisation and the rise of right-wing identity politics.

Discussant:

Katherine Stewart is an investigative reporter/author who has covered religious liberty, politics and policy. Her latest book, The Power Worshippers, investigated the links between the Christian Right and Trump's rise to power.

Chair:

The Rev’d Dr Andrew Teal is Chaplain, Fellow and Lecturer in Theology at Pembroke College, Oxford.

 

Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy Book Cover