Faith & Public Life
Equipping Christians to think deeply about faithful participation in contemporary public life.
Our core audience is undergraduate students who are interested in exploring questions of politics, public policy, economics, business, and society in a way that is integrated with the convictions of their faith. Covering a variety of topics and taking
place throughout the year, our programs give students the opportunity to engage in serious, nonpartisan dialogue with experts and peers on pressing issues, and be prepared for their future careers and vocations. Featured programs are listed below.
- Executive Council ProgramExecutive Councils are groups of up to six students per school who partner with our staff to improve political discourse on their campuses by fostering substantive, nonpartisan conversations on topics related to faith, politics, economics, and society. The program also furthers the intellectual and professional development of participants through intensive, expense-free conferences and other opportunities.Learn More
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Since 2012, the Initiative on Faith & Public Life has built a community of leading Christian college professors who are interested in the intersection of faith, politics, economics, and society and share a commitment to equipping future leaders. There are currently over 300 professors in our network, representing institutions (both religious and secular) across the country and world.
Our Academic Network members form a real intellectual community of faculty who encourage and challenge each other. They also help our team recruit students, facilitate events on their campuses, and receive access to complimentary books and other resources, as well as occasional invitations to faculty-only seminars and conferences.
As American politics has become more polarized, American Christians have followed suit. On the left, many progressive Christians embrace socialist ideas and semi-revolutionary tactics as the most effective means of achieving social justice. On the right, post-liberals...
The last few decades of American politics have seen a widespread increase in polarization and partisanship. Much of this is explained by the prevalence of ideology in today’s public square. Adherents to opposing worldviews claim an inability to agree on so much as...
Dr. Peter Meilaender, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Houghton College (NY), has been named the 2020–2021 Visiting Professor for AEI’s Initiative on Faith & Public Life.