This session, Religion and American Political Culture, is part of a larger conference that looks at the challenge and promise of dialogue between two religious traditions whose historical intersections have at times been characterized by misunderstanding and even condemnation: Mormonism and Protestant Christianity. Despite a strong historical connection in nineteenth century America, and a commonly claimed commitment to the moral teachings and saving power of Jesus, differences in doctrine and practice have complicated the relationship between Mormonism and Protestant Christianity. As both Latter-day Saints and Protestants move forward into the twenty-first century, they stand more ready than ever to engage in thoughtful dialogue and social collaboration."
The Honorable Bob Bennett
Robert Bennett served as a U.S. senator for 18 years. He is highly regarded as a pragmatic problem-solver and has established himself as a powerful consensus builder among colleagues, constituents, and clients. His contributions have been both creative and based on common sense. Bennett served as the senior member of both the Senate Banking Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.
Shaun Casey's research interests include the ethics of war and peace, the role of religion in presidential politics, public theology, the role of the Church in fighting global poverty, and the problem of theodicy as it relates to the Red Sox. He serves as a consultant to the Project on Religion and Post Conflict Reconstruction at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He recently published a book on the role of religion in the 1960 presidential election.
Matthew S. Holland
Matthew S. Holland is president of Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Holland was selected as UVU's sixth president by the Utah Board of Regents in the spring of 2009 and officially began his tenure on June 1 of that year. Prior to joining UVU, Holland was an associate professor in the political science department at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Holland was valedictorian for BYU's political science department when he completed undergraduate work there in 1991. He studied early American political thought at Duke University in Durham, N.C. where he earned a Ph.D. in political science in 2000. Holland also received an academic fellowship to study at Princeton University as a James Madison Fellow, and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a Raoul Wallenberg Scholar.