Listen to a lecture by Eric Gregory, Professor of Religion at Princeton University, delivered at Columbia University on April 2, 2013. Recent developments in political theory, religious studies, and social criticism have led to revived interest in political theology as an alternative to more conventional approaches to “religion and politics.” This lecture examines these developments in light of various encounters with the contested legacy of Augustine of Hippo. Particular focus will be given to debates about secularity, realism, and moral sentiment in democratic culture.
Professor Gregory is the author of Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship (University of Chicago Press, 2008). His interests include religious and philosophical ethics, theology, political theory, law and religion, and the role of religion in public life. In 2007 he was awarded Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. A graduate of Harvard College, he earned an M.Phil. and Diploma in Theology from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and his doctorate in Religious Studies from Yale University.