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“Are we a Christian nation?” presentation coming to Mont Alto October 26

10/18/2010 —

Penn State Mont Alto will host Dr. Richard Hughes, professor of religion at Messiah College, for a presentation on his book Christian America and the Kingdom of God. Are we a Christian nation? That is a question Dr. Hughes will explore in his presentation at the campus on Tuesday, October 26th at 7:30 p.m. in its General Studies Building Auditorium. His presentation is free and open to the public.

Hughes asserts that the notion of a “Christian America” by Biblical standards undermines both the integrity of Christian faith and of our nation. His discussions have drawn “heightened if not highly charged responses from audience members during public, yet productive, discourse that followed,” according to a Messiah College press release.

Richard T. Hughes is Distinguished Professor of Religion at Messiah College in Grantham, PA.  Over the course of a 40-year career, he has worked at various intersections of religion and culture in the United States.  He has authored, co-authored, or edited 17 books that deal with several of those intersections:  religion and American self-understanding, religion and higher education, the role of Christian primitivism in American religious history, and the history of American restoration movements in the early Republic.  His most recent books include Myths America Lives By (2003) and Christian American and the Kingdom of God (2009).  In addition to Messiah College, he has taught at Abilene Christian University, Pepperdine University, and Southwest Missouri State University.  He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.

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