The opening speaker for the 2009 January Series will be John Witte Jr., Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and Ethics and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.
John Calvin called for the separation of church and state but not the division of religion and politics. He advocated human rights but always with corresponding religious duties. He accepted democracy and rule of law but within the confines of a refined and rigorous Christian republicanism. In this lecture celebrating the 500th anniversary of Calvin’s birth, one of the world’s leading scholars of law and religion assesses Calvin’s political legacy and its enduring lessons for us still today.