Civility in the Public Square - John Inazu
Updated: Oct 29, 2022
Video from Center for Faith and Work
"Christian faith demands a high view of human beings. If Christians are indeed called to compassionately steward our respective polities, then we are also called to a kind of civic engagement that wisely assesses our state of affairs with the type of nuance that transcends a liberal/conservative divide. Our public discourse, then, requires conversation over obstruction, vulnerability over combativeness, diversity, sacrifice and humility. In short, our civic lives require civic love. John Inazu is a Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He teaches courses in criminal law, law and religion, and the First Amendment. His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, and related issues of political and legal theory. John is the author of Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference. He has written broadly for publications including USA Today, CNN,The Hedgehog Review, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. BSE and JD from Duke and PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill. Organized by Redeemer West Side and the Center for Faith & Work Redeemer West Side is a congregation of changed people who are committed to serving and renewing New York City through a movement of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice, and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, the world. Based on Jeremiah 29:7 we seek to love our God and neighbors by partnering with others to bring about a city that is a thriving and good place for all to live. The Center for Faith & Work (CFW) exists to explore and investigate the gospel’s unique power to renew hearts, communities, and the world, in and through our day-to-day work. As the cultural renewal arm of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, we foster, shepherd, and empower the church as it is scattered, living and working out in the world, beyond the walls of any one gathered place of worship." from video introduction.