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Protestant Political Thought Spring Conference

In collaboration with the Centre for Geopolitics, the Blavatnik School of Government is offering the following two webinars as part of the Protestant Political Thought Conference of 2021.  

Racism, Islamophobia, Antisemitism: Othering and the weakness of Christian identity

14 April 2021, 16:00–18:00 (GMT)

Dr David Kline (University of Tennessee, USA) for a public webinar to present on his book Racism and the weakness of Christian identity. David offers a philosophical and critical account of mechanisms of racism and othering in Western Christian identity. Building on theories of society and religion by Sylvia Wynter and Nicolas Luhmann, he traces how the reception of Pauline theology in political theology creates 'religious auto-immunity': a closing-off from others on the basis of distinctions of true/false, proper/improper, pure/impure. His work enables reflection on racism and other mechanisms of othering, as well as the place of Christianity in plural communities.

Professor Zachary Calo (Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar) will offer a response based on his research on how right-wing populism movements have othered Islam in order to construct and defend notions of Christian cultural and political identity. Professor J Kameron Carter (Indiana University Bloomington, USA) will discuss the issue of antisemitism, reflecting on comparisons between racism and antisemitism and what the analytical limitations are of such comparisons.


Seeking the common good: The role of churches in a post-secular and post-Christendom context

15 April 2021, 16:00–18:00 (GMT)

Under the influence of post-secularity, some Christian movements around Europe are reasserting the relevance of Christianity in politics. Anne will discuss how this re-assertion is inundated with distrust of the secular and relative self-othering of Christian communities from wider society. At the crossroads of political theory, political sociology and Christian theology, she will explore a 'vision of the common': can Christianity (that is, different expressions thereof) constructively and humbly contribute to the common good when Christianity is one among many voices?

Sophia Johnson (University of Cambridge) will offer a response based on her research into the reception of ideas of the 'covenant' in Christian political thought. Marietta van der Tol (Blavatnik School of Government) will offer a response based on her research on the visibility of religious diversity in public space.


Please note: The webinars are facilitated over Zoom, and hosted by the Blavatnik School of Government. Please register to attend by using the event links above. For more information, please email or


Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 - 14:00 to Thursday, 15 April, 2021 - 18:00
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