National Security

September 19, 2017

Christianity & National Security: Exploring Government’s Divine Vocation

Institute on Religion and Democracy Media Advisory
September 19, 2017
Contact: Jeff Walton office: 202-682-4131, cell: 202-413-5639, e-mail:

“There is so much confusion across the spectrum among Christians about how to address their faith on global statecraft and the deployment of power. Some on the left demand absolute pacifism. Some on the right sanction automatic military force. Too many Christians, particularly Protestants and Evangelicals, forget there’s a centuries-long tradition of Christian thought on Just War and other aspects of state force that should counsel how we address these issues without giving specific dogmatic answers. We hope this conference will be the first of many to gather Christians and others for robust conversation about how to think as people of faith who aspire to an approximate justice and security for our nation and the world.”
-IRD President and Providence Editor Mark Tooley

Who: Providence: A Journal of Christianity & American Foreign Policy

What: Leading scholars and practitioners of political theology and national security examining essential historic Christian teaching about God’s purpose for government, starting with its vocation for security and public order.

Where: Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
3800 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20057

When: September 29-30, 2017, 9 a.m. (EST)

Washington, DC—The Institute on Religion & Democracy’s quarterly publication Providence: A Journal of Christianity & American Foreign Policy will host a groundbreaking two-day conference at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center in Washington, D.C. on Christians and National Security.

Conference speakers will address issues such as Just War teaching, nuclear weapons, Reinhold Niebuhr, Christian Realism, nationalism, international human rights, American Exceptionalism, torture, and terrorism. This event is open to all, but is especially aimed at Christian young people who are graduate students or early career. Cost is $149, including two lunches and two breakfasts, or $75 for one day. Scholarships are available to students and clergy.

Speakers include: Walter Russell Mead (Bard College & The American Interest), Joseph E. Capizzi (Catholic University of America), Thomas Farr (Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service), Joseph Hartman (Georgetown University), Emilie Kao (The Heritage Foundation), Matt Kroenig (Georgetown University), Marc LiVecche (Providence & Institute on Religion and Democracy), Joseph Loconte (The King’s College & Providence), Timothy Mallard (U.S. Army), Jennifer Marshall (The Heritage Foundation), Paul Marshall (Baylor University & Hudson Institute), Robert Nicholson (Philos Project & Providence), Eric Patterson (Regent University), Keith Pavlischek (Providence), Daniel Strand (Arizona State University & Providence).

Make sure to purchase tickets ASAP for this for groundbreaking two-day event at:

For hotel rooms, contact Joseph Rossell at 202-682-4131 or

One Response to Christianity & National Security: Exploring Government’s Divine Vocation

  1. J. Paul says:

    Thank you for planning and organizing this event. It is truly needed. Providing guidance for philosophical and theological clarity. THANK YOU!
    However, many young people are preparing for their midterms for their academic studies. Would their be a different time slot for such a gathering in the future?

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