SUNDAY: American Culture and the Future of Faith

A Conversation with Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and Prof. Robert George

American civilization is at a cultural and civic crossroads.

A series of major Supreme Court decisions has expanded educational freedom and opened up the possibility of moral renewal at the state level. And yet many of our public schools, major universities, social media, and corporate culture actively promote a value system that many traditional Americans find troubling. We have seen a dramatic expansion of many Jewish day schools and Christian classical education across the nation. And yet general attendance and engagement in church and synagogue life continues to decline. America remains—along with Israel—the most religious nation in the Western world. And yet the American family faces great challenges—with high levels of family breakdown and declining birthrates.

Can religious values help renew American civilization? What is the future of faith-based communities in America? Can we reform existing institutions—like our universities—or do we need to build new ones? How can we make America a “City on a Hill”? In a special Tikvah event in partnership with the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., two of America’s leading religious and moral thinkers—Professor Robert P. George of Princeton University and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik of Yeshiva University—will explore these questions in conversation with Tikvah CEO Eric Cohen.

Seating at the Museum of the Bible is limited. Register by this Wednesday.

Robert P. George, Vice Chairman of EPPC’s Board of Directors,is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, professor of politics, and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is the author of Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality and In Defense of Natural Law, and the editor of Natural Law, Liberalism, and Morality and The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism. He is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Jurisprudence and is a former Presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Eric Cohen is an Adjunct Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center as well as a member of EPPC’s board of directors. Mr. Cohen is the executive director of the Tikvah Fund and the publisher of the Jewish Review of Books and of Jewish Ideas Daily. He is also editor-at-large of The New Atlantis, a quarterly journal focused on the ethical, political, and social implications of modern science and technology, having served as editor of the journal from its founding until February 2007. His articles and essays have been published in numerous academic and popular journals, magazines, and newspapers.