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Jonathan Sarna, 2016 Greenberg Distinguished Fellow, Provides New Insight on Jews & American Politics 

Jonathan Sarna, 2016 Greenberg Distinguished Fellow, Provides New Insight on Jews & American Politics 

by Andrew Walsh Evidence is emerging that Jewish voters were mobilizing to participate in American political campaigns far earlier than previously suspected—as early as Abraham Lincoln’s 1864 re-election campaign, Brandeis University historian Jonathan Sarna told an engaged audience during his February visit to Trinity College as Leonard E. Greenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Most previously known… Continue Reading

David Gibson reports on pope’s American tour

David Gibson reports on pope’s American tour

By William Winter ’18 Tight security, careful orchestration, and anticipated criticism kept Pope Francis from indulging his usual penchant for speaking off the cuff and wading into crowds, veteran religion reporter David Gibson told a lunchtime gathering of Trinity students and faculty on Tuesday, Sept. 30. But by the end of his first trip to… Continue Reading

David Hollinger on “Secularization and the Future of American Christianity”

David Hollinger on “Secularization and the Future of American Christianity”

For the last several decades, the United States looked like an outlier among industrial nations in the North Atlantic West, remaining a robustly religious country while its European peers moved into ever deeper secularization. But the recent trajectory of decline among those holding liberal religious beliefs strongly suggests that the long-term trend in the United States is toward pervasive secularism on the European model as well, the intellectual historian David A. Hollinger told audiences at Trinity College in Hartford this week. Continue Reading

To Print Or Not To Print

To Print Or Not To Print

At a lunchtime forum on free speech and blasphemy in the Trinity chapel February 5, a mostly student audience was told there would be a vote to determine whether to display some of the cartoons that provoked the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Three faculty panelists then proceeded to explore the relevant legal, Islamic, and journalistic issues. Continue Reading

Borden Painter discusses his book on the New Atheists at the Greenberg Center

Borden Painter discusses his book on the New Atheists at the Greenberg Center

  by Mark Silk The last Public Values lunch of the semester was devoted to a discussion of The New Atheist Denial of History by Trinity Professor of History emeritus Borden Painter. Published by Palgrave Macmillan in November, the book focuses on the use of history in best sellers making the case against religion by leading “New… Continue Reading