In the sixth episode of Marksism series on June 26, 2020, editors Mark Tooley, Mark Melton, and Marc LiVecche speak about how events in 2020 are similar to those in 1968. They also discuss recent Supreme Court rulings and whether the decline in mainline Protestantism has led to an anxious age in America today.
Mark Tooley is IRD’s president and editor of IRD’s foreign policy and national security journal, Providence.
Prior to joining the IRD in 1994, Mark worked eight years for the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and is a native of Arlington, Virginia.
He is the author of Taking Back The United Methodist Church, published in 2008; Methodism and Politics in the 20th Century, published in 2012; and The Peace That Almost Was: The Forgotten Story of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference and the Final Attempt to Avert the Civil War, published in 2015.
His articles about the political witness of America’s churches have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator, First Things, Patheos, World, Christianity Today, The Weekly Standard, National Review Online, Washington Examiner, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, Touchstone, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Post, and elsewhere.
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Marc LiVecche is the executive editor of Providence. He is also Scholar of Christian Ethics, War, & Peace at the Institute on Religion & Democracy and a research scholar at Philos Project. From the summer of 2017 to fall of 2020, he is serving as the McDonald Visiting Scholar at the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, & Public Life at Christ Church, Oxford University. While there, he is working on a number of publishing projects, including a book-length argument for the morality of the bombing of Hiroshima.
Prior to these roles, he completed doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, where he worked under the supervision of the political theorist and public intellectual Jean Bethke Elshtain, until her death in August, 2013. Marc’s dissertation, With Malice Toward None: The Moral Ground for Killing in War, takes a classic just war view of the question of killing in its theological and ethical dimensions in part as a response to the crisis of moral injury. Before all that, Marc spent twelve years doing a variety of things in Central Europe—ranging from helping build sport and recreational leagues in post-communist communities, to working at a Christian study and research center, to leading seminars on history and ethics onsite at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp in Poland. This latter experience allowed him to continue his undergraduate study of the Shoah; a process which helped permanently inoculate him against pacifism.
Mark Melton is the managing editor for Providence and was the journal’s inaugural deputy editor. He earned his master’s degree in international relations from the University of St. Andrews and has focused on political economy, military affairs, and civil conflict, especially in Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East. His bachelor’s degree in foreign language and international trade comes from Mississippi College. Prior to moving to DC, he worked as a political science adjunct professor at community colleges in Mississippi and also taught English in France.