Belton, TX – Tuesday, October 23, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Honors Program will be hosting a special guest lecture from Dr. Amy E. Black, Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Politics & International Relations at Wheaton College in Illinois. The lecture is titled Honoring God in Red or Blue: Approaching Politics with Humility, Grace, and Reason and will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Manning Chapel of the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center on the UMHB campus. The event is free and open to the public.
“So many times our discussions of politics get so heated so quickly and people aren't really interested in listening, talking with one another and learning from one another as much as they're hoping to score points and win arguments,” Black told the Christian Post.
“When we think about government, and we think about politics, which is our interaction with government, this is one of many ways in which we can live out God's call to love our neighbor,” Black said. “Politics is a means in which we can serve the common good and have an effective Christian witness.”
Black’s research interests include religion and politics and Congress. She is the past president of Christians in Political Science. In 2000-2001, Black served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, working in the office of Representative Melissa A. Hart.
Her books include Honoring God in Red or Blue: Approaching Politics with Humility, Grace, and Reason; Religion and American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives, edited with Douglas Koopman and Larycia Hawkins; Beyond Left and Right: Helping Christians Make Sense of American Politics; From Inspiration to Legislation: How an Idea Becomes a Law; and, with Douglas Koopman and David Ryden, Of Little Faith: The Politics of George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiatives. She and her husband, Dan Treier, who is a professor of theology at Wheaton College, live in Wheaton with their daughter, Anna.