In Defense of Parties, and in Choosing the More Limited One

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    • Harold Heie
  • Included in: Respectful Conversation
  • Published: January 1, 2018

Subtopic 5: Party Politics and Beyond (January 2018)

Leading Questions: What are the political priorities and values of the Republican and Democratic parties in the early 21 st century? How well do these values and priorities comport, or not, with Christian values? If not, what changes in priorities and values need to be made? Should Republicans and Democrats transcend their particular ideologies?  If so, how?

Conversation Partners: 

  • Doug Koopman, Professor of Political Science, Calvin College 
  • Kevin den Dulk, Executive Director, Henry Institute for the Study of Religion and Politics, Calvin College 
  • Angela Cowser, Professor of the Sociology of Religion, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary 
  • Jim Talen, Kent County (MI) Commissioner



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