LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) — Three nationally renowned commentators with differing theological beliefs but common views on American culture will share a stage at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
On Jan. 28, a “Faith and Freedom in the Public Square” forum will feature Southern Seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr., nationally syndicated radio show host Dennis Prager and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat.
Hashtag Productions and WORLD magazine, the nation’s largest Christian news magazine, are presenting the event. Warren Cole Smith, vice president of WORLD, will serve as emcee.
“The goal of this event is to allow three prominent voices in the public square — one Jewish (Prager), one evangelical Christian (Mohler) and one Catholic (Douthat) — to engage in an open, honest and entertaining dialogue” about the challenges of secularism and changing morality, said R.J. Moeller, organizer of the event and president of Hashtag Productions. “This is about asking and answering tough questions in a God-honoring and purposeful way.”
Moeller said the value of the event is “three of the most trusted voices on religion and culture in the nation are gathered together on one stage. It’s the convergence of great minds, each hailing from a different theological worldview, but finding common ground on the pressing issues of our day for all people of faith: religious liberty, decline of culture, the breakdown of the family and economic ‘justice.'”
In addition to being informative, the event promises to be entertaining, Moeller said.
“We hope, first and foremost, that people will leave our event having been entertained,” he said. “This seems to be almost an afterthought — if even a thought at all — in the minds of event/conference planners around the country these days.”
The forum with three commentators from diverse religious backgrounds can also model “what it looks like when those from different theological backgrounds come together for meaningful conversation and do it in such a way that is respectful without being weak or compromising,” Moeller said.
Moeller, an evangelical, added, “We should not minimize the differences we have with our Catholic and Jewish neighbors, but we should not let those differences blind us to the fact that we need each other. The world has seen first-hand in the last century what happens when good men and women remain silent. Rome is burning and the time for meaningful discourse among people of faith has arrived.”
The Louisville event will take place in Southern Seminary’s Alumni Memorial Chapel beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students with ID. A limited number of $100 VIP reserved seating tickets are available, which includes admittance to a 6 p.m. catered, pre-show reception with the speakers.
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit: www.hashtagpros.com.