Faculty author discusses religion, politics at Georgetown

Grove City College Professor Dr. Gillis J. Harp recently discussed his latest book with scholars at Georgetown University and a respected podcast host.

“Protestants and American Conservatism: A Short History” was published late last year by Oxford University Press. The book tracks the relationship between religion and politics from the colonial era to today, providing a historical context for the emergence of the so-called Religious Right.

Harp, who serves as chair of the College’s Department of History, said previously that he hopes “the book will contribute to Christians taking a more thoughtful and badly-needed critical approach to political engagement and prompt some folks to reconsider how exactly they conceive of conservatism.”

Harp spoke about the book and conclusions at Georgetown on Feb. 28 at the invitation of the Augustine Center, an organization dedicated to exploring the intellectual and spiritual riches of historic Christian faith. He delivered a separate lecture the next day for the Lenten series at the Anglican Parish of Christ the King in Georgetown on the topic ““The Power and Place of the Word in the Anglican Tradition.”

“Protestants and American Conservatism” has drawn attention in academic, religious and political circles since its publication. Most recently, Harp discussed his work with Professor John Fea of Messiah College for Fea's popular podcast “The Way of Improvement Leads Home.” Listen here.

For more about Grove City College, visit www.gcc.edu.

Faculty author discusses religion, politics at Georgetown

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