John Dickinson Forum: Religion and American Political Thought

Christ Church, Philadelphia

John Dickinson Forum: “The Gospel: Necessarily Political and Politically Necessary”


On November 5, 2019, the John Dickinson Forum at George Fox University, a JMC partner program, will host Jeffery Ventrella to discuss the influence of the Bible on American political thought.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6:30 PM
Hoover Building, Room 105 • George Fox University

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Jeffery Ventrella serves as Senior Counsel and Senior Vice President of Training for Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, he oversees the design and implementation of the ADF Blackstone Legal Fellowship, a renowned legal internship program for outstanding law students, and the ADF Areté Academy, a corresponding program for college upperclassmen and recent graduates on a path to future leadership positions in law and public policy. Ventrella is a scholar and commentator. As an approved speaker for The Federalist Society, he is an appointed member of the society’s executive committee and guides its Religious Liberties Practice Group. He is also a distinguished fellow of law and culture with the Center for Cultural Leadership and a fellow with the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity. Prior to joining ADF in 2000, Ventrella litigated for nearly 15 years, concentrating in complex litigation and appellate advocacy.

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The mission of the John Dickinson Forum for the Study of America’s Founding Principles, a JMC partner program, is to promote thoughtful study, discussion, and debate about America’s founding principles. It hopes to encourage conversations about whether or how these principles are relevant today. The Forum supports a variety of activities including lectures, book/current event discussion groups, and debates. It also partners with other institutions to make programming available to students at other schools and to the general public throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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This event is supported by Jack Miller Center’s Pacific Northwest Initiative: Advancing Education in America’s Founding Principles and History. Thanks to the generous grant from MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, JMC is working with faculty to organize exciting campus events in the region. The Initiative also provides programs, conferences and other opportunities for professors in the PNW—all to help them make a difference in the education of their students.



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