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MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society

September 3 @ 19:30 - 21:00

Monday, September 3rd, the MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society will host a public event on religion and politics in the current public discourse in the United States. This event is part of commitment to EARS’s goal of ‘making academic knowledge in the domain of religion available to the society at large’.

The MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society will host a panel of experts and researchers to discuss the topic in question at The House of Literature in Oslo in the evening, so as to reach a broader public audience. The panel is made up of Elizabeth Bruenig, religion columnist at The Washington Post; Geir Lundestad, an academic historian and former director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute; Hilde Løvdal Stephens, a researcher on the American Christian Right; and Sturla Stålsett, professor of diaconal studies, religion and society at MF. Ragnar Misje Bergem, a postdoctoral fellow at MF, will lead the discussion.

The conversation will deal with the significant changes that have occured in the relationship between religious groups, party affiliation and public policy the past two decades in US politics, as well as developments in the American civil religion. The evening’s topic has been announced publicly in the following manner: “American Religion: A conversation about religion and politics in the USA”
In 2008, Barack Obama won the presidential election the USA. He thereby ended the dominance of a republican presidency backed up by a broad support among Evangelical Christians and the Christian right. George W. Bush had united republican voters in his fight against the ‘axis of evil’, and made us of biblical imagery when he described the USA as a ‘city on a hill’. Obama made history when he was elected as the first afri-american president in the history of the USA, campaigning with the message ‘change we can believe in’. He was supported by democratic Christians who remembered the legacy of the Christian heroes of the civil rights movements.

Despite the significant expectations surrounding Obama’s presidency, the election of Donald Trump changed everything. Trump has so far managed to gain relatively broad support from evangelicals. But what has really changed since 2008? Which religious groups actually supported Trump, and what did they whant? Is Trump a new champion of the Christian right? And what sort of religious vision of American is he projecting?

 

September 3rd
MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society
“American Religion: A conversation about religion and politics in the USA”
19:30-21:00 hours
Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, 0167, Oslo
The conversation will be held in English
More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/265833174053315/

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Date:
September 3
Time:
19:30 - 21:00
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/265833174053315/

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MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society