Religion & Politics: “Fit for Polite Company”

A new online journal out of Washington University in St. Louis and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics. Check it out!

Senator John Danforth is someone I admire greatly. I first learned about him through Paul Ramsey when I was an undergraduate at Princeton; he had combined the study of religion with the study of law in a way that I hoped to emulate.  He is pro-life; his name is attached as the defendant to one of the most famous abortion cases to reach the Supreme Court: Planned Parenthood v. Danforth, in which the Supreme Court struck down a number of restrictions on abortion proposed by the State of Missouri. (Danforth was attorney general at the time.) At the same time, he has been a strong advocate of civility rather than the culture wars in proposing religiously animated moral values in the public square.

The new center is something that might interest Commonweal’s readership–and they will find a familiar face or voice or two, as this link suggests.