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Christianity liberal democracy

September 25, 2018

Is Christianity Compatible with Liberal Democracy?

Institute on Religion and Democracy Media Advisory
September 24, 2018
Contact: Chelsen Vicari, cell: 540-239-2170, e-mail:

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

What: A reception and panel discussion  

Where: Capitol Hill Baptist Church, 525 A Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002

When: September 25, 2018, 6 PM—8:00 PM (EDT) 

Washington, DC—The latest issue of Providence: A Journal of Christianity & American Foreign Policy responds to growing despair about democracy’s future. Author Patrick Deneen’s new book Why Liberalism Failed asserts American democracy was doomed from the start. Speaking as Christians in defense of democracy, from an Augustinian perspective, are Paul Miller of Georgetown University, Jennifer Marshall of Heritage Foundation, and Jonathan Leeman of 9 Marks. Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, will moderate.

Media are invited to attend the event. For interviews with speakers, please contact Chelsen Vicari at

IRD President Mark Tooley commented:

“There is growing skepticism and despair about liberal democracy among American Christian elites. Books like Patrick Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed and Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option suggest democracy, from a Christian perspective, is collapsing or was always doomed. Our Providence panel and latest issue counter with an Augustinian defense of democracy. For all its limitations, it offers the best possibility for human dignity in a fallen world. Instead of disparaging democracy, Christians should instead patiently labor for its renewal.”

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