MVP Fridays | Luke Bretherton: “Is there a distinctively Christian politics?”


Location: Morris Inn, Smith Ballroom (View on map )

Luke Bretherton Head Shot

Join the Center for Social Concerns for a conversation with Luke Bretherton, professor and author of Christ and the Common Life, as part of their MVP Fridays series—lectures by national leaders, journalists, and writers on questions of meaning, values, and purpose. Catered reception and book signing to follow.

Luke Bretherton is Robert E. Cushman Distinguished Research Professor of Moral and Political Theology and senior fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. Before joining the Duke faculty in 2012, he was reader in Theology & Politics and convener of the Faith & Public Policy Forum at King’s College London. His latest book is Christ and the Common Life: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy (Eerdmans, 2019).

Specific issues addressed in his work include euthanasia and hospice care, debt and usury, fair trade, environmental justice, racism, humanitarianism, the treatment of refugees, interfaith relations, secularism, nationalism, church-state relations, and the church’s involvement in social welfare provision and social movements. Alongside his scholarly work, he writes in the media (including The Guardian, The Times and The Washington Post) on topics related to religion and politics, has worked with a variety of faith-based NGOs, mission agencies, and churches around the world, and has been actively involved over many years in forms of grassroots democratic politics, both in the UK and the US.

Co-sponsored by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Theology. Learn more at