Christianity & National Security: Exploring Church Teaching on Government’s Divine Vocation

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Providence: A Journal of Christianity & American Foreign Policy is hosting this groundbreaking two-day conference on essential historic Christian teaching about God’s purpose for government, starting with its vocation for security and public order. The conference will include leading scholars and practitioners of political theology and national security. They will address issues such as Just War teaching, nuclear weapons, Reinhold Niebuhr, Christian Realism, nationalism, international human rights, American Exceptionalism, torture, and terrorism. This event is open to all but is especially aimed at Christian young people who are graduate students or early career. Event includes two lunches and two breakfasts. Scholarships are available to students, military and clergy.


Date: Sep 29-30


Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center

3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20057

Hotel rooms are available at Georgetown University Hotel for $189 per night. Reservations can be made with Joseph Rossell.


Walter Russell Mead

James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College

Walter Russell Mead is Editor-at-Large of The American Interest magazine, author Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How it Changed the World.

Joseph E. Capizzi

Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America

Joseph E. Capizzi is Research Fellow at the VADM James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Thomas Farr

Associate professor of practice of religion and world affairs at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service

Thomas Farr is director of Religious Freedom Research Project at Berkley Center, president of the Religious Freedom Institute.

Joseph Hartman

Attorney, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University Department of Government

Joseph Hartman wrote his doctoral dissertation titled “In His Image: God and Man in the Political Philosophy of Reinhold Niebuhr.”.

Marc LiVecche

Managing editor of Providence and Scholar of Christian Ethics, War, & Peace at the Institute on Religion and Democracy

Marc LiVecche completed doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, dissertation: With Malice Toward None: The Moral Ground for Killing in War.

Joseph Loconte

Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, teaching Western Civilization, American Foreign Policy, and International Human Rights

Joseph Loconte is author of A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918.

Jennifer Marshall

Vice President for the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity

Jennifer Marshall is a Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Fellow, Heritage Foundation.

Eric Patterson

Dean of Robertson School of Government at Regent University

Eric Patterson is the author or editor of 10 books, including Ending Wars Well: Just War Thinking and Post-Conflict and Ethics Beyond War's End (Georgetown University Press, 2012.

Timothy Mallard

U.S. Army Colonel & Chaplain, Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Timothy Mallard is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, veteran of five combat and operational deployments overseas.

Keith Pavlischek

Military affairs expert with focus on just war theory and ethics of war

Keith Pavlischek is a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel with Iraq and Afghanistan service, author of John Courtney Murray and the Dilemma of Religious Toleration.

Daniel Strand

Postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Political Thought and Leadership at the Arizona State University

Daniel Strand is a contributing Editor to Providence.

Paul Marshall

International religious liberty scholar affiliated with Baylor University

Paul Marshall is a scholar affliate with the Hudson Institute and Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta, Indonesia.

Robert Nicholson

Founder and Executive Director of The Philos Project, and a publisher of Providence

Robert Nicholson is a former U.S. Marine and a 2012-13 Tikvah Fellow. Robert's advocacy focuses on spreading the vision of a multi-ethnic and multi-religious Middle East based on freedom and rule of law.

Emilie Kao

Director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation

Emilie Kao was formerly with U.S. State Department and The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Mary Habeck

Adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced & International Studies

Mary Habeck held appointment with the National Security Council and served as associate professor of history at Yale University.

Matthew Kroenig

Associate Professor in Department of Government and Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Senior Fellow in Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at The Atlantic Council

Matthew Kroenig is the author or editor of six books, including the forthcoming, The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy (Oxford University Press). His articles have appeared in many publications, including: American Political Science Review, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, The Wall Street Journal, & The Washington Post.

John P. Gallagher

Senior Vice President at Tracker Capital Management. Former president/CEO of Institute for Global Engagement

John P. Gallagher is a former Special Assistant to the Chairman of Joint Chiefs, Commander of U.S. Central Command, & Commander of International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Taught U.S. politics/counterterrorism at West Point. 25 years in U.S. Army deployed to Egypt, Kosovo & Afghanistan. Co-editor of Debating the War of Ideas (2009).

David Shedd

Over 30 year career in intelligence and diplomacy including acting director of Defense Intelligence Agency

David Shedd is a former Deputy Director of National Intelligence, CIA Chief of Congressional Liaison, and postings in Costa Rica and Mexico. Visiting distinguished fellow in Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for National Security & Foreign Policy & Adjunct Professor at Patrick Henry College.


September 29, Friday

8am – 5pm Registration West Lobby
8:30am – 11am Breakfast buffet Salons AB (in room with speakers)
9:30am Welcome & Opening Remarks by Mark Tooley and Marc LiVecche Salons AB
9:45am Walter Russell Mead Christian Influences on Foreign Policy
10:45am Robert Nicholson Young Christians & Global Statecraft
11:30am Keith Pavlischek Christianity & Pacifism
12:15pm Lunch in room
12:15pm David Shedd Christianity & Espionage
1pm Eric Patterson Just War Teaching & Christian Higher Education
1:45pm Thomas Farr Theology & International Religious Liberty
2:30pm Jennifer Marshall Life, Family, & Religious Liberty: Reflecting the Foundation of Civil Society in U.S. Foreign Policy
3:15pm Matt Kroenig Ethics & Nuclear Weapons
4pm Paul Marshall Christianity & Islam
4:45pm Joe Loconte Gospel of Liberty: A Christian Critique of American Exceptionalism
5:30pm Adjourn
5:30pm Reception West Lobby
Dinner on your own in Georgetown!

September 30, Saturday

8am – Noon Registration West Lobby
8:30am – 11am Breakfast buffet Salons AB
9am Dan Strand God’s Vocation for Government
9:45am Joe Hartman Reinhold Niebuhr for Today
10:30am Emilie Kao Theology & Human Rights
11:15am Timothy Mallard Dietrich Bonhoeffer & Pacifism
Noon Lunch in room
Noon John Gallagher Faith & Global Statecraft
1pm Mary Habeck Christianity & American Global Commitments
1:45pm Joe Capizzi Catholic Teaching & Just War
2:30pm Marc LiVecche Jean Elshtain & 9/11
3:15pm Mark Tooley brief closing remarks
3:30pm Adjournment
Dinner on your own in Georgetown!