Res Publica is an annual lecture series at Covenant College that is charged with building up the church and bolstering an informed lay leadership by addressing issues of public consequence. Each year these lectures enable us to invite distinguished speakers to campus to tackle contemporary topics. In addition to public lectures in Chapel and elsewhere, these lectures include a one-credit hour course taught over three days for more in-depth study.
American Evangelical political engagement has been defined primarily by its policy ends rather than by its moral means. Put another way, Christians in public life tend to define themselves by a commitment to particular issues (for example life and religious liberty) rather than through commitment to exhibiting Christlike virtues in the way in which they interact with their fellow citizens in the public square.
This course aims to describe a more holistic approach to Christian political engagement centered around Micah 6:8 -- “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
These three interlocking virtues should define not just the aim of Christian engagement (justice), but also the manner of Christian engagement (through kindness and humility).
David French, J.D.
David French is a senior editor for The Dispatch and was formerly a senior writer for National Review. David is a New York Times bestselling author whose most recent book is Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the past president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and a former lecturer at Cornell Law School. He has served as a senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice and the Alliance Defending Freedom. David is a former major in the United States Army Reserve. In 2007, he deployed to Iraq, serving in Diyala Province as Squadron Judge Advocate for the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He lives and works in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife, Nancy, and his three children.
During our second session we will seek to discern what “kindness” means, both as an individual and corporate responsibility, including whether the desire to “love kindness” carries with it any implications for public policy.
During our final session we will discuss the idea of “biblical justice” and a conversation that seeks to define which issues Christians should seek to engage through the political process and how they should prioritize those issues.
February 4, 2021
February 5, 2021
Dora Maclellan Brown Chapel
14049 Scenic Highway
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750