First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary presented by AJC
Listen as Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, spells out the profound political and cultural consequences of a new reality—that America is no longer a majority white Christian nation. For most of our nation’s history, White Christian America (WCA) set the tone for our national policy and shaped American ideals. But especially since the 1990s, WCA has steadily lost influence, following declines within both its mainline and evangelical branches. Today, America is no longer demographically or culturally a majority white, Christian nation. Robert will be in coversation with Rosalind Bentley, a reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
This session is presented by the Laney Moral Leadership Program at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
An award-winning writer, Rosalind Bentley has been a reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 13 years but began her career on the frozen tundra at the Minneapolis StarTribune. Her coverage has ranged from allegations of police brutality to the election of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, to arts and culture. Though proficient in stories of 140 characters — @rozrbentley on Twitter — she’s a practitioner of long-form narratives and her work has recently been anthologized in the book Best American Newspaper Narratives. She was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist for race coverage during her time on the tundra.
Robert P. Jones is the founding CEO of PRRI and a leading scholar and commentator on religion and politics. He is the author of The End of White Christian America, two other books, and numerous peer-review articles on religion and public policy. Jones writes a column for The Atlantic online on politics and culture and appears regularly on Interfaith Voices, the nation’s leading religion news-magazine on public radio. He is frequently featured in major national media such as MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. Dr. Jones serves as the Co-Chair of the national steering committee for the Religion and Politics Section at the American Academy of Religion and is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and for Politics and Religion, a journal of the American Political Science Association. He holds a Ph.D. in religion from Emory University and a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Letitia M. Campbell
Letitia M. Campbell is the Director of Contextual Education I and Senior Program Coordinator for the Laney Program in Moral Leadership at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.