On September 29th and 30th, at Georgetown University, Providence hosted a groundbreaking two-day conference exploring historic Christian intelligence about God’s purpose for government and its moral obligation to provide for peace characterized by security and public order. Leading scholars and practitioners of political theology, military ethics, and national security gathered together for an intellectually rigorous marathon of lectures on Just War teaching, nuclear weapons, Reinhold Niebuhr, Christian Realism, nationalism, international human rights, American Exceptionalism, torture, terrorism, and much more.

If you missed the event, never fear. Below are links to videos of the second day’s presentations. Video from the first day can be found here.

Daniel Strand – “God’s Vocation for Government”

Joe Hartman – “Reinhold Niebuhr for Today”

Timothy Mallard – “Dietrich Bonhoeffer & Pacifism”

Joe Capizzi – “Catholic Teaching & Just War”

Marc LiVecche – “Jean Bethke Elshtain & 9/11”

Cover image: Engraving by Benjamin Tanner after a design by John Janes Barralet, American Guided by Wisdom is an allegorical depiction of what American exceptionalism meant to the post-Revolutionary generation. America, guided by transcendent wisdom, is depicted engaged in commerce, the liberal arts, industry, and enjoying the peace of security and plenty. For the full image click here.